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Saturday 10 December 2016

Family calls for ‘no retaliation’ for murder as Gary Hutch laid to rest

Gary Hutch funeral on Sean McDermot Street today
The funeral of Gary Hutch at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The funeral of Gary Hutch at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The funeral of Gary Hutch at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The funeral of Gary Hutch at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The funeral of Gary Hutch at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
Gary Hutch funeral on Sean McDermot Street today
Gary Hutch funeral on Sean McDermot Street today
Gary Hutch funeral on Sean McDermot Street today
Gary Hutch funeral on Sean McDermot Street today
Gary Hutch funeral on Sean McDermot Street today
Gary Hutch funeral on Sean McDermot Street today

The family of gangland murder victim Gary Hutch appealed for no retaliation at his funeral this morning.

Hundreds of friends and family joined in the funeral procession behind the remains of gangster Hutch (34), who was shot dead last month in Spain.

Close pals took turns to carry the heavy wooden casket,  which featured a carved image of the last supper, as it made its way down Sean McDermott Street just before 11am mass.

The hymn ‘You Raise Me Up’ was played as the body of the crime boss was brought into the church on Dublin’s north inner city.

Taking to the altar, a family member asked that there be no more bloodshed in the violent warfare among the Christy Kinahan gang that has ripped through the Costa del Sol.

“We do not want retaliation. We don’t wish our pain on any other family, I let God be our judge,” she said.

Chief celebrant, parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Richard Ebejer, said that now was a time for remembering Gary.

“We are not here to judge, but to mourn,” he said.

Hutch’s notorious younger brother – Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch (30) – was not in attendance, as he had been granted a short period of compassionate leave from prison to pay his respects on Sunday afternoon.

READ MORE: Killer Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch gets prison leave to view body of brother

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“There was no chance that ‘Del Boy’ was going to be allowed to attend the funeral. The security risk would be far too great, so a short visit was facilitated on Sunday,” a jail source said.

READ MORE: Ring of steel as tensions high ahead of funeral of slain gangster Gary Hutch

The body of Gary Hutch reposed at his family’s home in Champions Avenue in Dublin’s north inner city, with prayers taking place yesterday evening.

A large garda presence was around Hutch’s funeral at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Sean McDermott Street this morning, including members from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), patrol units and undercover detectives.

READ MORE: Man fears for life after he let Gary Hutch stay at his home

Floral tributes to Hutch spelled out ‘son’, ‘brother’ and ‘pal’. Gifts brought to the altar included a bike helmet and a Dublin jersey. 

It is not known if Hutch’s under-threat and exiled pal ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson attended today’s funeral, but the murdered man’s uncle Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch was expected to be there.

READ MORE: 'Fat' Freddie moves up hit list as Christy Kinahan targets henchmen

Gardai believe that Gary Hutch (34) was shot dead on the orders of his former associates in the Christy Kinahan crime cartel after being blamed when a €2m cocaine shipment destined for the UK went missing.

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He was trying to escape the gunman out of a back exit on the gated Miraflores complex in Costa del Sol where he lived when he was cornered and shot in the head and chest.

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The gangster was trapped when he found a door leading onto waste ground locked after a dramatic chase round the complex’s swimming pool.

Sources said detectives have been concerned about reprisals for Hutch’s murder, but one criminal who will not be able to seek satisfaction is ‘Del Boy’, as he is serving lengthy sentences in Mountjoy.

In October 2009, he was jailed for two years after he tried to sell a stolen motorbike to gardai.

In February, 2011, the crazed cocaine user was jailed for six years for stabbing an innocent 23-year-old man to death on St Stephen’s Day, 2007.

After the killing, he tried to get rid of the blade and arranged to have his back slashed to make it look like he had been hurt in a fight.

He was back in court a month later when the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a seven-

year sentence handed down for possession of a silenced pistol was not unduly lenient.

In July 2012, Hutch was sentenced to 16 years for his role in a May 2009 robbery in Lucan during which gardai shot dead his accomplice, Gareth Molloy.

Read more here:

Ring of steel as tensions high ahead of slain gangster Gary Hutch's funeral

'Fat' Freddie moves up hit list as paranoid Christy Kinahan continues purge of henchmen

Hutch had twice escaped assassins - on Thursday his luck finally ran out

Slain gangster Gary Hutch and 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's secret 'drug trips' 

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