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Friday 20 October 2017

Kinahan mob suspected of acid attack on car of Patsy hutch's innocent daughter

Patsy Hutch is one of the Kinahan cartel’s top targets
Patsy Hutch is one of the Kinahan cartel’s top targets

The innocent 28-year-old daughter of Kinahan cartel target Patsy Hutch was the victim of an attack that gardai believe is linked to the capital's brutal gangland feud.

It is understood that acid was thrown at the car of the respectable young woman, who works as a special needs assistant and has no involvement in the brutal gang warfare.

She is a niece of exiled criminal Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who is currently based in continental Europe because of ongoing threats to his life from the cartel.

Disgusted

Gardai were called to the incident, which happened in the Sherriff Street area of the capital's north inner city on Tuesday afternoon.

The attack on the innocent woman's car led to an increase in tensions in the locality, with even more armed gardai sweeping the area in its aftermath.

"People were disgusted by this because that woman has no involvement in any crime," a source said last night.

"It's a new low, and that is a strange thing to say when you consider that the Kinahans have shot 10 people dead, including two innocent fathers."

The incident happened at lunchtime on Tuesday in the car park of St Laurence O'Toole's School at Seville Place.

The suspect approached the victim's car on a bicycle and poured acid over the vehicle, before cycling away.

The acid caused paint damage to the car but no one was injured in the incident.

No one has been arrested in relation to the attack, which is being investigated by Store Street gardai.

CCTV is being studied by investigators but, while a suspect has not been identified, sources said last night that officers have "no doubt" the attack was the work of the cartel.

Gardai confirmed that they are investigating a "criminal damage" incident at the school, which happened between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday.

The innocent woman's father, Patsy Hutch, was understood to be "very angry" about the incident.

It was the murder of Patsy's son, Gary, by the cartel in September 2015 that kicked off the deadly feud, which has now claimed 11 lives.

Patsy (57) is a target for Christy 'Dapper Don' Kinahan's mob, who have made attempts on his life in the past year.

Gardai have regularly received intelligence that the cartel is prepared to attack and even murder innocent women in the extended Hutch family.

Last June, the Herald revealed that a close female relative of 'The Monk' was being provided with a private security escort to take her to and from work in a respected multi-national company.

The woman, who is in her late 20s and has no involvement in crime, was effectively given bodyguards by her company because of the threat level against her.

Last year, it also emerged that more than 30 women are linked to the Hutch gang and a large number of them have been warned about active threats against their lives.

Hatred

Among the women that gardai have established are linked to the Hutch mob are the mother and girlfriend of one of the suspected Regency Hotel gunmen.

One north inner city woman, who has been identified as an associate of the Hutch gang, is said to have a pathological hatred of gardai.

Another woman aligned to the gang is a serial shoplifter.

However, the woman targeted this week at the north inner city school has no involvement in crime.

Detectives have drawn up a special safety plan in relation to the dozens of women who have connections to the gangs, which includes ongoing armed checkpoints this week in the Sherriff Street area.

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