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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Under threat' Hutch's speedy exit from court

Ross Hutch
Ross Hutch
He flees through city traffic
Ross Hutch leaving the court
Ross Hutch flees waiting photographers
Ross Hutch leaving the CCJ.

Ross Hutch make a speedy exit after a city court hearing where a judge was told his life would be in serious danger if he had to sign on at a garda station every day.

Hutch has been repeatedly warned that his life is under threat since his father Eddie (58) was gunned down by the Kinahan cartel at his home in the north-inner city in February.

Hutch (24), who won €33,000 in cash and prizes on RTE's Winning Streak last year, is accused of stealing a man's iPhone worth €875 at Marino Mart on Sunday.

Hutch was brought before Dublin District Court yesterday after he was arrested on Sunday.

Garda Sharon Kavanagh told Judge Anthony Halpin that the father-of-two with an address at Portland Place, in Dublin 1, made no reply when he was charged.

Bail

Judge Halpin was asked to throw out the case. Defence solicitor Declan Fahy argued the court should make "no order".

He said the legislation under which Mr Hutch was charged stated he should have been brought before the next court sitting and had his case called before 12 noon yesterday.

However, it was not heard until 2.15pm. The judge heard the charge sheet was lodged in court at 10.10am.

However, Judge Halpin said he understood that the law stated that the accused must be brought "as practicable" to the next sitting of the court.

Refusing the defence application, he said the circumstances did not allow for the case to be heard earlier because the court was dealing with quite a number of custody cases and prison officers were only able to bring three or four to the courtroom at a time.

He noted there was no objection to bail but he agreed to impose a condition sought by the garda to bar Mr Hutch from the Clontarf, Fairview and Marino areas.

During the short hearing, Hutch stood with his hands behind his back listening intently to proceedings. He remained quiet during the sitting, but became animated when signing-on at a garda station was raised by the prosecution as a condition of bail.

Security

In relation to that application, the defence said that Hutch has "huge personal security difficulties".

Judge Halpin agreed ordering him to sign on may jeopardise his security and refused to make that a condition of bail.

Hutch has not yet indicated how he will plead to the theft charge. He was bailed pending directions from the DPP and was ordrered to appear again in the New Year.

The nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch appeared on Winning Streak in September 2015 but, since then, the family has been struck by several incidents, starting with the murder of cousin Gary in Spain in 2015.

His father, Eddie, was shot dead in February.

He was close by when his cousin Gareth Hutch was shot dead in Dublin last May.

Another cousin, Jonathan Hutch, survived an assassination attempt in Majorca earlier this year, which resulted in an innocent man, Trevor O'Neill, being shot dead.

Jonathan's father Johnny Hutch also survived a gun attack at his own home in the north-inner city last month.

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