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Thursday 8 December 2016

'Fragile' Hutch warned as he admits driving and theft spree

Eddie Hutch Jnr outside Dublin District Court
Eddie Hutch Jnr outside Dublin District Court

A Dublin criminal whose father was murdered during a series of killings in the Hutch-Kinahan feud has pleaded guilty to a string of offences.

Dublin District Court heard that Eddie Hutch Jnr, who appeared yesterday bearing a scar above his eye following a recent fall from his bicycle, was in a "fragile psychological state".

Hutch (41), with an address at Portland Place in the north inner city, had sentencing adjourned when he appeared to face charges of motoring and theft offences.

Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, scooped €33,000 in prizes last year on RTE's Winning Streak when his younger brother, Ross, appeared on the game show on his behalf.

Defence solicitor Declan Fahy told Judge Bryan Smyth that his client was pleading guilty. He asked the judge to note that Hutch has a matter under appeal in the circuit court and that psychiatric reports have been sought.

Requesting an adjournment until January, he said the defence was anxious to have a psychiatric report before the court. Mr Fahy added that his client, who did not address the court, "is in a very fragile psychological state".

Judge Smyth agreed to grant the adjournment, but warned Hutch that this was "not a licence to pick up new charges".

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in January for the facts and mitigation pleas to be heard ahead of sentencing.

The judge also noted that updated reports on the accused have been sought.

Hutch faces charges of driving without a licence or insurance last December 18 at St Patrick's Road, Drumcondra, and also driving without a lic-ence, insurance, NCT and car tax at Herbert Place on March 23, 2014.

He also faces two charges of stealing three bottles of Jameson whiskey and a bottle of vodka worth a total of €156 from a SuperValu shop in Blackrock on January 14, 2014, and stealing eight bottles of spirits with a total value of €184 from a shop in Cabra on March 21, 2014.

The defendant's father and cousins have been murdered over the course of the last year as part of the city's bloody gangland feud, which has so far claimed 10 lives.

Nightmare

His cousin, Gary Hutch, was murdered in Spain last year while his father, taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr (59), was gunned down at his home in Dublin in February.

Another cousin, father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats, where he lived, on North Cumberland Street last May 24.

In an interview last month, Eddie Hutch Jnr revealed the nightmare his family have faced in the past year.

"A year ago today we were on Winning Streak. That was the last happy time my family had," he told the Sunday World.

"Now my dad is dead, my cousins are dead and they even tried to kill my uncle Johnny."

Hutch denied claims that his murdered father was involved in any gangland crime and insisted he was an innocent victim.

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