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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Hutch accused's DNA found on balaclava in car at scene, trial hears

Jonathan Keogh and Thomas Fox
Jonathan Keogh and Thomas Fox

A balaclava found in a car at the scene of the fatal shooting of Gareth Hutch contained DNA matching murder accused Jonathan Keogh, a court has heard. 

A forensic scientist told the trial of three Dubliners accused of murdering Mr Hutch that Mr Keogh's DNA was found on a balaclava, baseball cap and biker's neck warmer recovered from a BMW in the car park of Avondale House.

It is the State's case that Mr Keogh and a second shooter, known as Mr AB, ran to the BMW and remained in it for a minute, but abandoned it when it would not start and ran out of the flats complex.

Mr Keogh's DNA was also found on latex gloves taken from protected witness Mary McDonnell's dressing gown.

Ms McDonnell previously identified Mr Keogh in CCTV footage as one of the shooters.

She told the Special Criminal Court that Mr Keogh was wearing a black hoodie, black balaclava and black bottoms when he came into her home on the morning of the murder.

He never removed the balaclava but she knew it was him as she knew his face "off by heart".

Mr Keogh, his sister Regina Keogh (41) and friend Thomas Fox (31) have denied the murder of Gareth Hutch.

Mr Hutch (36), a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was shot dead outside Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street on May 24, 2016.

Dr Edward Connolly, from Forensic Science Ireland, told the trial he analysed a number of exhibits from the scene of the shooting in an attempt to generate any DNA profiles.

Dr Connolly said DNA taken from a balaclava, baseball cap and biker's neck warmer, or snood, came from one major contributor.

Database

He said he uploaded this profile into a DNA database and it was a match to Mr Keogh.

DNA from latex gloves taken from a dressing gown in Ms McDonnell's bedroom at Avondale House was also matched to Mr Keogh.

Dr Connolly further examined a number of cigarette butts, and the DNA on them matched Ms McDonnell and Regina Keogh's DNA profiles.

He said DNA from a petrol can found in the BMW matched that of Mr Fox.

Cross-examined by Seamus Clarke, for Mr Fox, Dr Connolly agreed that Mr Fox's DNA on the petrol can "may" have been a long-standing mark and he could not put a time on when it was left there.

It is the prosecution's case that Mr Keogh, of Gloucester Place, Dublin 1, threatened to kill Mr Hutch the evening before the shooting.

It is alleged that Mr Fox, of Rutland Court, and Ms Keogh, of Avondale House, both in Dublin 1, were instrumental in planning the murder, and Mr Keogh and Mr AB were the shooters.

The trial continues.

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