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Monday 5 December 2016

Hutch 'runner' hiding in hotels as he is hunted by gangsters and gardai

Murder victim Gareth Hutch
Murder victim Gareth Hutch

A "runner" for the Hutch mob is hiding out in hotels after being booted out of his home.

The man, who is aged in his 20s, was recently busted by armed gardai after being caught with bullets.

He cannot be named for legal reasons but the Dublin man is classified as one of the capital's "most reckless up-and-coming criminals".

As well as his home woes, he is also being actively hunted by gardai and rival gangsters.

"He has been booted out of his home and has nowhere to turn to at the moment. He is hiding out in hotels and is in a very isolated position," a source told the Herald.

A property linked to the young man was attacked twice in the summer, when windows were smashed in. However, he was not in the north Dublin house at the time.

Heavily involved in the stolen car trade, the Hutch mob associate was arrested in July when armed gardai stormed a north inner city pub after a number of criminals linked to the gang barricaded themselves into the premises when approached by officers.

Taunted

The chaotic scenes started when the now on-the-run criminal taunted officers who were on an armed patrol as he stood outside the pub.

Gardai at the scene called for back-up and officers from the Special Detective Unit, as well as gardai who were patrolling the area as part of Operation Hybrid, rushed to the area, which has seen a gang feud- related murder in its vicinity this year.

A large number of officers stormed the pub and arrested the volatile criminal.

Garda investigations later established the criminal had a number of outstanding penal warrants for unpaid court fines.

After being questioned at Store Street Garda Station about what is being described as a "public order incident", the man was then brought by gardai to Mountjoy Prison so the warrants against him could be executed.

He spent a number of hours in the jail before being released over the weekend. A file on the incident was sent to the DPP.

It has also emerged that the young criminal has been in a bitter dispute with the so-called 'New INLA' faction and, in particular, a major Ballymun-based criminal.

The Ballymun criminal has been arrested by gardai investigating the feud-related murder of Gareth Hutch in Dublin's north inner city in May.

He has also been questioned about the murder of Real IRA figure Vinnie Ryan (25), who was shot dead at his girlfriend's house on February 29 in Finglas, North Dublin.

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