Prosecution Question Dowdall’s Credibility In Closing Speeches In Regency Murder Trial

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Regency Trial - Gerry Hutch and state witness Jonathan Dowdall

A prosecuting barrister in the Regency Hotel murder trial says just because Jonathan Dowdall’s credibility has been called into question, that doesn’t mean his evidence shouldn’t be believed.

She was delivering her closing speech in the trial of Gerry Hutch, who is accused of murdering David Byrne at the hotel on the fifth of February 2016.

In her closing speech, prosecuting barrister, Fiona Murphy SC, told the judges it was their case that Mr Hutch was one of the two gunmen who shot Mr Byrne.

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Former SF councillor, Jonathan Dowdall, was also due to stand trial for murder but instead testified against Mr Hutch after his plea to a lesser charge was accepted.

His credibility and motive for doing so were called into question under cross-examination, but Ms Murphy said that didn’t mean he can’t be believed.

Dowdall claimed Mr Hutch told him he shot Mr Byrne, and Ms Murphy suggested there was no denial or pushback from the accused when it was implied during a recorded conversation between them, one month later, that he was involved.

Aside from being one of the gunmen, Ms Murphy also suggested Mr Hutch had full control over the AK47s used during the attack.