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Friday 9 December 2016

Gangland feud in city is 'abominable and vicious' - judge

Murder victim Gareth Hutch
Murder victim Gareth Hutch

A judge who described Dublin's gangland war as an "abominable and cold-blooded feud" has refused bail to a young man charged by gardai investigating the murder of Gareth Hutch.

Thomas Fox (29), who is accused of unlawful possession of a handgun the day before the killing, was remanded in custody for a week after gardai objected to bail at Dublin District Court.

He is the second person to be charged after Gareth Hutch (35) was shot dead outside Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street in the inner city last week.

The father-of-one was the seventh victim of a feud between the Kinahan and Hutch gangs.

"Mr Fox [is] charged with a most serious offence and it is linked to the abominable and cold-blooded feud between two gangland families, the ferocity and viciousness of which has increased exponentially," Judge Halpin said.

"You would have to be living on Mars to escape the daily reportage of the war raging between these two families and the mounting victims."

Mr Fox had been detained since he handed himself in to gardai at Mountjoy Station hours after the shooting of Gareth Hutch last week.

The accused, of Rutland Court, Dublin 1, was charged with unlawful possession of a Makarov 9mm handgun at Avondale House on May 23.

Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy objected to bail, citing the nature, degree and seriousness of the alleged offence, which has a maximum potential prison sentence of 14 years.

"It is anticipated that a further, more serious charge will be proffered," he said.

Child

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said the accused's partner was due to have their first child in six weeks.

Mr Fox had lived in the community all his life and would abide by any bail conditions, she said.

On Monday, Mary McDonnell (44), of Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, appeared in the same court charged with failing to disclose information to the gardai.

Another woman remained in custody last night.

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