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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hutch relative gets security escort to her finance job over fears of cartel hit

Gerry Hutch
Gerry Hutch
Christy Kinahan Picture: Sunday World

A female relative of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch is being provided with a private security escort to take her to and from work in the respected multi-national company where she is employed.

The woman, who is aged in her late 20s and has no involvement in crime, is the latest possible target in the deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud whose life is under threat because of who she is related to.

Sources said she is a "valued employee" of the financial company she works for, which has decided to provide her with a security detail.

Bodyguards

"These people are effectively her bodyguards," a source said last night.

Tensions remain high in the capital, with gardai continuing to mount armed checkpoints on both sides of the Liffey and a garda helicopter being constantly deployed over the south inner city.

It has also emerged that gardai are concerned that the Hutch faction may launch an attack on Crumlin-based close associates of David Byrne, who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel attack last February 5.

Some of these are key members of the cartel who have ordered six out of the seven feud murders to date.

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who is believed to be now based in Holland, remains the number one target for the Kinahan cartel, but innocent associates of his have become legitimate targets for the international drug-trafficking mob.

Last month, another Monk associate - who has no involvement in criminality - went to gardai over fears that he could become a prime target in the gang war.

The man, who is in his late 20s, has contacted detectives over actives threat against his life.

The threats come as a private school in south Dublin is rec- eiving security advice from gardai over a number of its students.

Some students are part of the extended Hutch family and the school's principal is understood to have raised concerns over their safety due to the indiscriminate nature of the Kinahan cartel's attacks.

Gardai have been conducting patrols near private schools on both sides of the Liffey, while armed patrols are also operating on a 24/7 basis in the Crumlin/Drimnagh area, which is home to key Kinahan associates.

Armed officers have also been patrolling and monitoring events such as communions and confirmations involving children who are related to members of the rival factions.

It was previously revealed that three long-time friends of Gerry Hutch have been warned of an active threat against their lives, despite not being involved in the bloody gang feud.

It has also emerged that armed officers have been involved in an "almost constant" operation in recent days on the Cabra Road, where one of the suspected Kinahan cartel members lives.

Surveillance

"Armed gardai are on the road on an almost 24/7 basis nowadays," a local source told the Herald.

"It seems they are watching this criminal like a hawk - it's about time he endured a bit of in-your-face policing."

The gangster under surveillance was previously arrested in connection with the murder of Hutch's brother, Eddie Hutch Snr, but was released without charge after being questioned for more than 24 hours.

He has links to slain gang boss Martin 'Marlo' Hyland and is a suspect for the murder of Baiba Saulite in 2006.

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