Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is today due to stand trial for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.
The 34-year-old father of two died after he was shot six times by a tactical team of armed raiders at a boxing weigh-in at the hotel on February 5th, 2016.
The attackers were armed with handguns and assault rifles and some of them were dressed as Gardaí.
Just over a year ago, Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was extradited from Spain to be charged with the murder.
After he was returned to Ireland, the 59-year-old challenged the decision to have his case heard before the non-jury Special Criminal Court; however, he was unsuccessful.
Over the summer, the Supreme Court dismissed his challenge, paving the way for his trial to begin today.
Last week, former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall and his 65-year-old father Patrick pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder – admitting helping those who carried out the attack at the Regency by making a room at the Dublin hotel available to them.
A sentencing hearing for the two men will take place before the trial is due to get underway today.
Two other men are also due to stand trial this afternoon for related charges.