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Monday 5 December 2016

Garda alert as cartel hit man to return for family funeral

Murder victim Eddie Hutch
Murder victim Eddie Hutch

Armed gardai are on red alert in Dublin this weekend amid fears that a brutal hitman-for-hire will return home for the funeral of a close relative.

Senior sources revealed the volatile 36-year-old criminal will be arrested on sight by officers as there is two separate arrest warrants out for the key member of the Kinahan cartel.

His close relative died during the week after battling a long illness.

Gardai, fearful of further feud gun attacks, have drawn up a special plan if he returns to Dublin for next week's funeral.

The thug fled Ireland over two months ago because he was "sick and tired" of the in-your-face policing tactics used by gardai against him and his associates.

"If he does return, he will be arrested," a senior source told the Herald

"However, if this does happen, the expectation is that he will be freed on bail again by the courts because he can argue that he fled because he has an active threat against his life.

"What is not in doubt is that the feud situation in Dublin has been a lot calmer since the summer because this individual has not been around," the source added.

The criminal is under threat from the Hutch mob because of his suspected role in murders, but he was previously on "very friendly terms" with a young criminal who is considered one of the most dangerous of slain Gary Hutch's associates.

The north-Dublin criminal has had his home raided and he has been arrested and questioned about the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr in Dublin's north inner city last February 8.

Gardai have also investigated if the criminal was involved in the murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (55), a former business partner of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who was shot dead outside his home in Ratoath, Co Meath, on March 23.

The thug verbally abused garda detectives in February when they warned him that there was a threat against his life because of his suspected role in the murders.

In May, the Herald revealed the gangster threatened to decapitate another criminal in a bizarre row over a horse belonging to a teenager in an incident in Dunsink, Finglas.

Weeks earlier, it emerged that he had terrified staff when he stormed into a northside gym and demanded subscription refunds for four of his pals who are on the run or locked up.

Last month, it emerged that gardai were investigating reports that the dangerous gangster travelled to Spain just days before the savage murder of innocent man Trevor O'Neill in Majorca.

Tragic Mr O'Neill (41) was a victim of mistaken identity.

Jonathan Hutch (37), an older brother of feud murder victim Gareth Hutch, was the intended target.

Just weeks later, the Kinahan cartel tried to murder the brothers' dad John Hutch Snr at his home in Drumalee in the north inner city, but failed.

The feud between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob then spiralled out of control again.

Bloody

Meanwhile, another key cartel figure, James Quinn (34), remained locked up in a tough Spanish jail this weekend where he was remanded as detectives and a judge continued to investigate his alleged role in the murder of Gary Hutch last September.

That murder is the one that kicked off the bloody feud that has left 10 people dead so far.

It has emerged that police in Spain arrested Quinn, a nephew of Martin 'Viper' Foley, after tracking a mobile phone found in a getaway car.

Apart from DNA evidence found in the getaway car used in Hutch's murder, an undamaged mobile phone provided vital evidence of movements.

On Wednesday, gardai and Spanish police carried out a number of raids against the cartel in Dublin and Spain.

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