Women of gangland
Vicious feud has seen women linked to both the Kinahans and the Hutches being warned by gardai over their safety, reports Crime Correspondent Ken Foy
More than 50 women have been linked to the dangerous mobs involved in the bitter gang war between the Hutch mob and Christy Kinahan cartel.
A special investigation by the Herald has established that over 30 of these women are linked to the gang associated with feud murder victims Gary Hutch and his uncle, Eddie Hutch Snr.
Gardai have also established the identities of more than 20 women who have links to the Kinahan gang, which is suspected of murdering Gary and Eddie Hutch Snr.
In recent weeks, a number of the women have been warned by gardai about threats against their lives because of their relationship with male gang members.
It is understood that women linked to both factions have been given official warnings from gardai.
Sources have revealed that the age profiles of the women involved range from girls in their mid-teens to great-grandmothers in their 70s.
We can reveal:
• 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. He is believed to have been one of the criminals disguised as a garda and armed with a deadly AK-47.
• 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 Hutch gang is a serial shoplifter.
• Gardai have identified that senior cartel member Daniel Kinahan is involved in a relationship with a woman who was closely associated with notorious north city drug dealer Michael ‘Micka’ Kelly. He was shot dead in a machine gun attack in 2011.
• Detectives have been monitoring ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s former partner Vicky Dempsey (35) – but they are satisfied that she has no involvement whatsoever in the deadly feud.
Since the shocking murder of gangster David Byrne in the Regency Hotel over four weeks ago, gardai have mounted a number of special operations to ensure the safety of the women, many of whom have no involvement in crime.
It has emerged that women associated with the Hutch mob are under the greatest threat. This follows the brutal slaying of Eddie Hutch Snr on February 8, indicating that the rival faction were prepared to target anybody with the surname Hutch.
With this in mind, detectives have drawn up a special safety plan in relation to the dozens of women who have connections to the gangs. “This means that gardai are aware of their addresses and the vehicles they use and who exactly they are related to or in a relationship with,” a source said. “Thankfully, no women have been targeted in this feud so far. A big reason for this is that gardai have been constantly monitoring their safety.
“A lot of the armed check points, which have been visible in the city over the past number of weeks, have been concerned with that,” a source said.
Prominent women that have been identified as being linked to the Hutch mob are the mother and girlfriend of an assassin who is suspected of being involved in the Regency attack on February 5. The man was part of the six-man kill squad which stormed the hotel – he was one of the “fake gardai” armed with an AK-47.
He is also the chief suspect in the botched murder attempt on Kinahan gang member Liam Roe at the Red Cow Hotel last November. He is also suspected of involvement in the murder of Paul Kavanagh last April.
A number of women linked to the Regency Hotel hitman who dressed in drag have also been identified by gardai. This man was photographed fleeing the hotel with a handgun and dressed in women’s clothing with a wig and make-up.
A number of the Hutch mob women have criminal convictions, including for shoplifting and theft offences. One woman has a “deeply personal” hatred of gardai due to a previous tragic incident.
On the other side, gardai have identified that Daniel Kinahan is now in a relationship with a woman closely associated with one of the country’s most psychotic criminals ‘Micka’ Kelly. Kelly, who was known as ‘The Panda’, was shot dead by Vincent Ryan’s IRA faction near her home in September, 2011. Vincent Ryan was shot dead as he sat in his car in Finglas a week ago – his murder is being linked to ‘Mr Big’, an associate of Kelly.
Kinahan and this woman are understood to meet both in Dublin and Spain. Their relationship has confirmed deep connections between the Kinahan mob and a major drug gang based in north Dublin.
It is believed that they have been an “item” for a number of months and Daniel is known to shower the glamorous woman with expensive gifts.
‘Micka’ Kelly was linked to a number of gruesome murders before he was shot dead.
Sources said that gardai have been monitoring ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s former partner Vicky Dempsey (35).
The mother-of-one is of interest because of her relationship with Thompson and also because of the serious links that her brother, Karl Dempsey (37), has to the Kinahan cartel.
Despite her associate’s links to major organised criminality, Vicky “always tries to stay out of it all”, according to a source.
Sources say gardai do not have the same opinion of a number of other women who are strongly linked to the cartel.
“Unlike most of the women linked to the Hutch gang, many of the [Kinahan] cartel women are more flashy and seem to enjoy far more lavish lifestyles than women from the other grouping, who mostly live in north inner city flat complexes and have relatively frugal lifestyles,” a source said.