Masked Freddy Krueger gunman faces life after pub manager murder

A Liverpool man is facing life in prison after he was convicted of shooting dead a pub manager in Dublin as part of an ongoing feud.

Michael Barr was shot seven times, five times in the head, in the Sunset House in the Irish capital city in April 2016.

He was a known dissident republican and the killing was part of the Hutch-Kinahan rivalry – a continuing bloody dispute between two criminal organisations in the Republic of Ireland that has resulted in the deaths of 20 people.

On Friday, David Hunter, from Liverpool, was found guilty of the murder, the third person to be convicted for that offence in connection with Mr Barr's death.

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The 41-year-old killer, said to be born in Liverpool, has an address in London.

He will be handed the mandatory life jail term in November.

Michael Barr, murdered in a Dublin pub

Hunter was one of the masked gunmen who executed the 35-year-old, entering the bar in boiler suits and rubber Freddy Krueger masks, and gunning Mr Barr down.

The getaway car was torched by the gang where police found four guns, a burner phone and clothing including ski masks on the back seat.

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Hunter, whose DNA was on the masks, insisted he'd travelled from Liverpool to Ireland 48 hours earlier to watch UB40, but the gig had already happened.

His stories told to police that he was trying to get to Spain to get rehab were waved away by officers, also by the judge in court.

Colin Barr, Michael's dad, said after the verdict: "He [Hunter] was found guilty for all his lies.

"He came here from Liverpool to kill someone and skip back to Spain.

"Michael's son is here, his heart is broken.

"These boys need to know there are consequences for life, that they will have to pay a price".

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Mr Barr has also called for Hunter to serve his life sentence in Ireland, rather than Liverpool.

The parent added: "He left England to come here to murder an Irish man, he should not be sent home. He should be made to serve his sentence here."

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Eamonn Cumberton, 32, has been previously been convicted of Mr Barr's murder.

Mr Barr was having a night off from his bar manager job to attend a fundraiser for IRA prisoners’ wives when the murder took place.

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