Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall gets bail on murder charge

Jonathan Dowdall is due to be tried before the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court alongside Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.
Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall gets bail on murder charge

Eoin Reynolds

Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall has been granted bail by the High Court in relation to his upcoming trial for the alleged murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016.

Mr Dowdall (44) of Navan Road, Dublin is due to go on trial in October accused of murdering 33-year-old David Byrne during a boxing weigh-in at the hotel in Whitehall, Dublin on February 5th, 2016.

At the Special Criminal Court on Friday, two people entered independent sureties on behalf of Mr Dowdall, one for €20,000 and the other for €10,000. Both were told that their bank accounts will not be allowed to go below those levels and if Mr Dowdall fails to appear in court or to meet the requirements of his bail, they will lose their money.

Both told the court they understood and were willing to enter the bond.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said he was satisfied with the sureties and would approve.

Mr Dowdall remains in custody and is due to be tried before the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court alongside Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

Mr Hutch (58) was extradited from Spain to face the charge.

Both men had sought to be tried before a jury, but their applications were refused by the High Court.

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