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Thursday 8 December 2016

Blood brothers

Daniel and Christy Kinahan Jnr are met at airport by ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson as they fly in for funeral

Fat’ Freddie Thompson (with cap) greets Daniel Kinahan (blue hoodie) at the airport
Fat’ Freddie Thompson (with cap) greets Daniel Kinahan (blue hoodie) at the airport
Daniel Kinahan leaves the terminal

The sons of feared cartel boss Christy Kinahan have flown back into Dublin ahead of the funeral of slain gangster and trusted associate David Byrne.

Daniel and Christy Jnr landed in the capital shortly after 4.30pm yesterday on a Ryanair flight from Faro, Portugal.

Their trusted lieutenant 'Fat' Freddie Thompson was on hand to welcome the brothers back ahead of his cousin's funeral today.

The Crumlin thug took photos of reporters and gardai and commanded a team of lookouts who were on standby in the busy Terminal 1 arrivals hall.

A number of hoods were observed contacting each other on their phones while awaiting the arrival of their bosses.

Nervous

Under the thin disguise of a navy blue Levis cap and scruffy ginger beard, Thompson was visibly nervous while standing amongst a swell of armed gardai.

Dressed in a black jacket and jeans and carrying a small man-bag, the criminal, who spends most of his time in the Netherlands, was told by gardai to put his phone down while attempting to photograph journalists and detectives.

He jumped to the side of boxing promoter and manager Daniel Kinahan as soon as he sauntered through the arrival gates with a confident shoulder-swinging stride. Christy Jnr followed just behind with an armed garda by his side as they walked through the airport.

Unsuspecting members of the public were taken aback by the scramble of gardai as they moved with the cartel kingpins out towards the airport carpark.

Four vehicles, one a black Range Rover, waited for the duo. Three were driven by scouts while a close relative of Thompson chauffeured the Kinahans. They were followed by gardai to Crumlin. When questioned by reporters Daniel Kinahan, who fled the country after the staggering attack at the Regency Hotel just over a week ago said: "Leave us alone. Please just go away."

Gardai believe Kinahan, who lives in a Costa Del Sol mansion, was the intended target of the daring raid at the event, hosted by his MGM Marbella gym. He left Dublin after the February 5 gun attack before flying back yesterday. Investigators believe the attack, carried out by six gunmen, three of whom were armed with AK-47s, was a response to the slaying of former Kinahan soldier Gary Hutch in Spain last year.

Reins

It's understood that Daniel has taken the reins at the head of his father's billion euro crime empire - one of the Europe's most feared drug gangs.

Two of his associates were shot in the attack in the northside hotel while David Byrne was shot in the legs before being assassinated at point-blank range by suspected members of the Hutch gang as he lay helpless on the floor.

In response, the Kinahan group are believed to have gunned down the brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, Eddie Hutch Snr (58) in a shocking murder in Dublin's Poplar Road last Monday.

Gardai followed the Kinahan brothers to Crumlin - where David Byrne lived - after they landed yesterday.

Armed officers are monitoring every car entering the vicinity near the home and officers are even searching under the bonnets of cars to ensure no explosives or arms can be brought into the neighbourhood for a potential attack.

Children and teens in the south inner city are acting as spotters for gang leaders and are communicating to their elders via mobile phone.

The body of Eddie Hutch Snr has not yet been returned to his family.

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