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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C Forensic teams at the scene of the shooting of Michael Barr which took place at the Sunset House pub, Summerhill, Dublin, in April 2016.
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Fourth man charged over murder of Michael Barr at Dublin pub

The man appeared in court later this morning.

LAST UPDATE | Dec 23rd 2020, 7:00 PM

A MAN HAS been charged with the murder of Michael Barr, who was shot at the Sunset House pub in Dublin almost four years ago.

Christopher Slater, aged 36, from Carnlough Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, was arrested on Monday and held at the Bridewell Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

He was charged last night and appeared before Judge Conal Gibbons at Dublin District Court today at 10.30am.

Slater, who was wearing a face-mask, a black top, green body warmer, dark tracksuit bottoms and runners, sat silently at the side of the courtroom.

Evidence was given by Detective Garda David Chapman, who said he arrested Slater for the murder of Michael Barr.

The accused made “no reply” when cautioned and charged, and he was handed a true copy of the charge, the detective told the court.

Judge Gibbons agreed to Detective Garda Chapman’s request to remand Slater in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday.

Defence solicitor Eoghan O’Sullivan said he had no questions for the garda and added that his client will appear via video-link at his next hearing.

He asked the court to recommend that his client would be held at Mountjoy Prison, but the judge said that was a matter for the Prison Service to decide.

A bail application in a murder case can only be made in a the High Court.

Legal aid was granted after the judge noted Slater was not in receipt of an income.

Slater has not yet indicated how he will plead. A book of evidence has to be prepared by the prosecution.

Michael Barr, aged 35, from Co Tyrone was fatally shot on 25 April 2016.

He was gunned down at the Sunset House pub, on Summerhill Parade, in the north inner city, where he worked as a manager.

The father-of-five was shot seven times, five times in the head, and became the seventh victim of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Previous prosecutions

Two other men, David Hunter and Eamonn Cumberton, have already been convicted of the murder and are serving life in prison.

In 2018, hitman Eamon Cumberton, aged 33, of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, was jailed for life after he was convicted of the murder, at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Cumberton, who had 37 previous convictions, had denied the charge.

Accomplice, David Hunter, aged 42, from Liverpool and with a prior address at at Du Cane Road, White City in London, was later jailed for life for taking part in the murder.

A third man, Martin Aylmer, was jailed for three years for helping an organised crime gang commit the murder.

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