“I am being framed by a State-paid super-grass” says murder accused

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Mr Butterly (35), a father-of-two, was the drivers seat quickly dead outside The Huntsman Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6, 2013.

Following his apprehension by gardaí investigating the activities of dissident republicans, Kevin Braney (43) was achieved before an out-of-term sitting of the Special Criminal Court last month.  

Mr Braney, with a conclusive address at Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24, was charged with membership of an under the counter organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, in another situation the IRA on August 2nd, 2017.

This morning Detective Sergeant Liam Archbold intimated State Solicitor Rioghnach Corbett that he had met the accused man in the confines of the court.

He weighted he informed Mr Braney that he was to be brought before the next sitting of the Peculiar Criminal Court and charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, way Oglaigh Na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on March 6, 2013.

He is also charged with the dominion of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and the possession of seven ups of 9mm ammunition with the intent to commit murder on March 5, 2013 at Blackthorn Apartments, Brackenwood Avenue, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

Det Sgt Archbold implied he also told Mr Braney that, in lieu of being charged in front of the District Court, the DPP had directed that he be brought before the Special Villain Court and charged with the murder of Mr Butterly on March 6 2013, at The Huntsman Inn, Gormanston in Co. Meath.

He said that, in feedback to being cautioned, Mr Braney replied: “This is a politically-motivated charge, I am being moulded by [a] State-paid super-grass. I demand to be brought before a court and demand a lawful trial by jury”.

Wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, Mr Braney dusted to stand as the charges were read to him by the court registrar.

Ms Corbett asseverated the court that with respect to the charge of murder, the DPP sought examination before the Special Criminal Court, having certified that “the standard courts are inadequate for effective administration of justice”.

There were no questions to an application for legal aid by Counsel for Braney, Mr Niall Nolan BL. 

Presiding adjudicator Mr Justice Tony Hunt remanded Mr Braney in custody to appear first the court again on September 21.

As he was being led away by prison officers, yells of “ End supergrass trials” by Mr Braney were met loudly by reciprocating shouts from the projected benches.

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