Episode 199: The bugging dilemma - Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's murder trial at a crossroads Image

Episode 199: The bugging dilemma - Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's murder trial at a crossroads

1 December 2022 - 25 mins
Podcast Series Crime World

THE judges at the Special Criminal Court are set to rule on the admissibility of evidence relating to 10 hours of conversation between murder accused Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and ex-Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall, captured by a garda bugging device on March 7 2016.

The defence, led by Brendan Grehan SC, says almost eight hours of the contents of the audio recording of the conversations should be thrown out, as Dowdall's jeep was travelling through Northern Ireland at the time and therefore is ‘illicit fruit’.

The prosecution disagrees, and counsel Sean Gillane says the bug was an inanimate object and the recordings are lawful as the device was deployed, retrieved and downloaded in th...

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