Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch will today find out today if he has been found guilty of murder.
The 60-year-old is accused of shooting an associate of the Kinahan cartel at a boxing event at the Regency Hotel in Dublin seven years ago.
David Byrne was shot dead when armed men stormed the hotel in 2016.
It is the State’s case that Mr Hutch was one of two men who entered the building carrying AK47s during the attack.
Today the three judges of the non-jury Special Criminal Court are expected to announce their verdict.
It comes almost twelve weeks since Gerry Hutch’s 52-day murder trial ended.
Unlike a jury trial, they’ll have to outline in great detail how they arrived at their decision.
The testimony of Jonathan Dowdall, who was originally charged with the murder but later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, will have featured heavily in their deliberations.
Dowdall claims Gerry Hutch confessed to him that he shot David Byrne.
He also claims he was there when a key card to a room at the Regency Hotel was handed over to Mr Hutch. The room was later used by a member of the hit team.
A lot hinges on whether the judges believed Dowdall’s evidence.
Mr Hutch’s barrister urged them not to, accusing him of being a self-confessed liar with a serious criminal record and a motive for giving evidence against his client.
Mr Hutch’s barrister accused him of being a self-confessed liar with a serious criminal record and a motive for giving evidence against his client.
He also described him as a “master manipulator” who has something to gain from telling lies about his client.
Two other men accused of helping the hit team make a getaway will also learn their fates today.