Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch will stand trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.
It has been just over a year since Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was extradited from Spain to be charged with the murder of David Byrne.
He's due to stand trial before three judges of the Special Criminal Court, with the murder trial expected to take a number of months.
Two others are also due to stand trial for related offences.
34 year old David Byrne was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel on the 5th of February 2016. He was shot six times by a tactical team of armed raiders, some of whom were dressed as Gardaí. The men were armed with handguns and assault rifles.
Over the summer, the Supreme Court paved the way for his trial to begin today as planned before the Special Criminal Court.
Mr Hutch had challenged the decision to have his case heard before the non-jury court, but was unsuccessful.
But before the trial begins, the court will sit to hear the sentence hearing of former Dublin City councillor, Jonathan Dowdall, and his 65 year old father, Patrick, who last week admitted facilitating what happened that day by making a room at the hotel available to a criminal gang.