Friday 21 October 2016

Kinahan mob have five stolen cars ready for next gangland hit

Garda Commisioner Noirin O' Sullivan (Collins)
Garda Commisioner Noirin O' Sullivan (Collins)

The Kinahan cartel has organised at least five stolen cars for use in their next attempt to kill more associates of Gary Hutch.

In a bizarre development, the Herald can today reveal the mob's desperation for stolen vehicles has led to an increase in the asking price in the underworld "market".

The cars are understood to be at a secret location and ready to be used at a minute's notice, according to a source.

Stolen vehicles are generally sold for around €750, but this week criminals are demanding €1,500 per car - such has been the demand given the events of the last week.

"It's about that good old economic theory of supply and demand. If something is in demand, it will attract high prices.

"A stolen high-powered car is a commodity, it's as simple at that," a senior source said last night.

Gardai were last night investigating reports that a Crumlin thug, connected to former criminal Jimmy 'The Whale' Gantley, has been acting as a middleman in the now booming stolen car trade.

Many of the stolen cars have been taken by criminals fishing keys out of letter boxes.

Tensions remains high between Dublin's feuding criminal gangs following the murders of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel just over a week ago and the retaliatory murder of Eddie Hutch last Monday.

Meanwhile, Alan Hutch - the son of the murder victim - will not be granted compassionate leave from prison for his father's funeral.

Alan Hutch (33) was caged for eight years in 2013 after he threatened to kill three gardai and claiming he had a grenade.

Sources have said it is highly unlikely that Eddie's nephew, armed robber Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch, will be allowed compassionate leave for his uncle's funeral either.

He is currently in a special protection wing in Wheatfield Prison where he is considered to be a target for associates of the Kinahan cartel.

A major security plan is being put in place for the upcoming funerals - David Byrne's funeral takes place on Monday. His body was brought back to his home in Crumlin last night.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the policing of the funerals is "an operational matter for the gardai".

"There will be a very heavy garda presence there at that.

"Obviously this is tough on the family involved here where a man was murdered and a second one murdered...

"The gardai know what they have to do and for our part from the Government we've given the Commissioner a very clear indication of absolute support and the facilities and resources to do her job," he said.

Asked if he feared more bloodshed on the streets, Mr Kenny replied: "Clearly these people have no regard for any law and order or the threat of what might happen to perfectly innocent people

"All we can do is to say to the Garda Commissioner, through the Minister for Justice, 'you will have the resources and facilities to do whatever you need to do to see that citizens are protected and that this gangland internal warfare can be brought before the courts'," Mr Kenny said.

Yesterday - a week after the murder - gardai operated a checkpoint at the Regency Hotel to ask passing motorists whether they had noticed anything suspicious the previous Friday.


The Drumcondra hotel is hosting an international poker tournament this weekend.

Managing director James McGettigan (43) said the traumatic shootings put the tournament in danger of being cancelled but organisers were persuaded to go ahead with the event involving around 200 players.

"We won't be fully back to normal for some weeks but we've been open since Tuesday evening. The staff of the hotel have been superb. We've had a lot of support.

"The staff have received counselling and some have taken time off. It's been very stressful for everybody. I was in the hotel during the attack and I'm still in a bit of shock," said Mr McGettigan.

Another poker tournament will also take place at the hotel next weekend.

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