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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Feud target Hutch is charged over botched cash-in-transit robbery

Ross Hutch has been warned his life is under threat
Ross Hutch has been warned his life is under threat

Gangland target Ross Hutch was last night charged over an attempted cash-in-transit van robbery.

The 24-year-old, who scooped €33,000 in cash and prizes on RTE's Winning Streak last year, was arrested yesterday in Dublin's north inner city.

He was taken to Store Street Garda Station where he was questioned over the botched robbery of a cash van.

It was collecting money from a parking meter on Green Street in the north inner city at the beginning of the month.

During the incident, a raider grabbed the keys for the vehicle but did not escape with any money.

Warned

No one was injured in the raid and no firearms or weapons were produced.

Mr Hutch, who has been repeatedly warned that his life is under threat from the warring Kinahan gang, is being questioned under the Criminal Justice Act.

He is scheduled to appear before Dublin District court this morning at 10.30am.

Last month, Mr Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was subjected to a brutal attack as he sat eating lunch in a Dublin cafe.

A video of the assault showed the assailant launch a series of punches on him during the unprovoked incident. A number of garda det- ectives were in the restaurant at the same time and they arrested a man.

The suspect was questioned at Store Street Garda Station.

Mr Hutch appeared on Winning Streak in September 2015, when he scooped €33,000 for his brother, Edward Jnr.

Since then, however, the family have been struck by several tragedies, starting with the murder of cousin Gary.

Ross Hutch's father Eddie (58), a taxi driver, was gunned down by the Kinahan cartel last February at their home in the north inner city.

Ross Hutch has spent much of the past six months hiding out in hotels and hostels under a false name.

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

Mr Hutch is currently before the courts charged in connection with the theft of a man's iPhone worth €875 at Marino Mart in October. During a hearing, a judge made an order barring Mr Hutch from the Clontarf, Fairview and Marino areas.

He held that a request to order him to obey a curfew was "a little excessive". In relation to an application for him to sign on regularly at a garda station, the defence said that Mr Hutch has "huge personal security difficulties".

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

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