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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hutch clan relative has face slashed in city attack

Anthony Fitzgerald
Anthony Fitzgerald

A former professional boxer who is related to the Hutch family is recovering after being slashed in the face in the city centre.

Anthony 'The Pride of Dublin' Fitzgerald (31) was attacked in Dublin's Parnell Street at 2.45pm yesterday .

A man carrying a knife approached him and slashed him across the face. Fitzgerald also received stab wounds to his body during the assault.

As the alleged attacker fled, a witness tripped him up and he fell to the ground.

The attacker also suffered knife wounds during the assault.

Fitzgerald was brought to the Mater Hospital, while the alleged assailtant was brought to St James' Hospital on the south side.

Arrests

Both were treated for knife wounds which have been described as non-life threatening.

Officers from Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating the incident but no arrests have yet been made.

Fitzgerald is a cousin of the family through Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and previously boxed with the Kinahan-linked MGM gym based in Marbella.

The boxer was also present at the Regency Hotel when a five-man hit team stormed the venue as a boxing weigh-in was taking place.

He is not suspected of involvement in any feud-related incident, and retired from boxing shortly after the shooting which saw Kinahan associate David Byrne (33) shot dead.

He was a prominent mourner at the funerals of Eddie Hutch Snr and Gareth Hutch, who were murdered in the feud.

It later emerged that father-of-two Fitzgerald was a co-owner of the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, which was the location where another feud victim - dissident Republican Michael Barr - was shot dead in April.

On Tuesday a sentence hearing for Fitzgerald was put back to next year after he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm.

Fitzgerald attacked a bus driver on the North Circular Road on November 18, 2014.

The victim said that Fitzgerald then head-butted him on the nose and then punched him.

Judge Melanie Greally said the use of the palm to administer a blow was of a different degree than it would be if Fitzgerald were not a professional boxer.

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