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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Kinahan thug Chubb has Belfast booze-up before Dutch court appearance

Gareth Chubb pictured on the streets of Belfast at the weekend
Gareth Chubb pictured on the streets of Belfast at the weekend
Daniel Kinahan

Kinahan cartel associate Gareth Chubb has been snapped strolling around the streets of Belfast, only weeks before Dutch authorities decide whether to convict him on firearms and attempted manslaughter charges.

Chubb was tracked down to a hotel in Belfast city centre on Saturday, when he met up with a number of people close to him over the past few days.

While the Dubliner may be one of Ireland's most wanted, with both the Hutch mob and gardai taking a keen interest in his whereabouts, the convicted criminal did not dress inconspicuously.

He was decked out in an eye-catching salmon-coloured tracksuit and carried a designer leather man bag.

Chubb (30) was arrested in Amsterdam on February 3 after allegedly pointing a firearm at a man in Smokey's cafe in Rembrandt Square.

He was released from custody on May 24.

Dutch prosecutors appeared before magistrates in Amsterdam on Wednesday to recommend that Chubb be sentenced to four years for the offences.

However, the court has yet to make a decision on the matter.

Evidence

It was initially reported that the attempted manslaughter charges against Chubb had been dropped due to lack of evidence.

However, a spokesman for the Dutch justice department said: "The prosecutors recommended a four-year sentence for attempted manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm if he is found guilty. The verdict will be announced on July 26."

It is believed Chubb entered Northern Ireland to avoid the attention of the gardai and rival criminals.

Security sources said they had received intelligence that he was back in Ireland, but added that he had not been spotted in the Republic.

Gardai want to speak to him in relation to minor offences and were actively seeking him in recent days.

Chubb, wearing his loud sportswear and sporting his man bag, visited restaurants and bars and went on a shopping spree during his trip to Belfast.

He looked tired as he walked around, yawning following a boozy night out on Friday.

Security sources said he may well have visited Dublin while on his trip.

As well as gardai wanting to speak to him, Chubb is under threat from rival criminals and was previously told that his life was under threat.

He has close links to some of the most senior members of the Kinahan cartel.

While free now, he must return to the Netherlands for his hearing on July 26.

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