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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hutch murder suspect set to appear before Spanish court

Murder victim Gary Hutch
Murder victim Gary Hutch

A Dublin man arrested in Spain over the murder of feud victim Gary Hutch (33) is expected to appear in court this weekend - or even as soon as today.

Ian Dixon, who is in his mid-20s and originally from Cushlawn Park in Tallaght, Dublin, was detained during a major operation by officers from Spain's Guardia Civil on Wednesday.

Sources close to the case confirmed he was arrested in the Costa del Sol resort of Estepona. Several properties were searched as part of the new operation to hunt down those involved in the 2015 killing.

Dixon is expected to appear in court either today or over the weekend, although Spanish police have 72 hours to hold him and can apply for an extension.

Any court appearance would take place in Fuengirola, the same town where fellow Hutch suspect James Quinn went before a judge in September after his arrest in Madrid. Quinn was remanded in custody.

Closed

The hearing - like Quinn's - would be closed to the press and the public.

It is not clear at this stage where Dixon, who has not been charged with any crime and wouldn't be formally accused until shortly before trial, is being held.

A secrecy order placed over the case by the investigating judge following the arrest was still in place yesterday, preventing public officials from making any comment.

Dixon has been living on the Costa del Sol for several years and is heavily involved in the Macklin Gym Marbella (MGM).

Dixon is also a close associate of Adam Bugler (26), who was shot during the Regency Hotel attack on February 5.

Recovery

Bugler spent a number of days in hospital as a result, but has since made a full recovery.

Murder victim Gary Hutch is a nephew of Gerry "The Monk" Hutch.

In September, Quinn (34) - a nephew of Martin "Viper" Foley - was arrested during Operation Geranium, a joint initiative between the Guardia Civil and An Garda Siochana.

Quinn was remanded to Alhaurin de la Torre jail near Malaga after his court appearance and continues to be probed over Hutch's fatal shooting outside his apartment in Miraflores, near Fuengirola, on September 24 last year.

Hutch's killer chased him round a residential estate popular with holidaymakers and expats before cornering him and shooting him in the head and chest.

The murder sparked a bloody feud between the Kinahan and Hutch families, which has claimed ten lives.

In August, innocent Irish holidaymaker Trevor O'Neill was the victim of mistaken identity and was killed in front of his family in a Majorcan holiday resort.

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