Friday 19 January 2018

Gardai on high alert as city is braced for latest feud funeral

A floral tribute to Gareth Hutch outside his parents’ home and gardai speak to a motorist in the Drumalee estate
A floral tribute to Gareth Hutch outside his parents’ home and gardai speak to a motorist in the Drumalee estate
Gardai showed a high-level presence in Drumalee estate

The funeral of the country's latest gangland victim will take place this morning with a high-level garda presence in place.

Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was shot dead at the Avondale House flat complex on North Cumberland Street on Tuesday, May 24.

He had previously expressed concerns over his safety at his apartment after gardai informed him that his life was under threat.

Last night, extra uniformed gardai were being drafted in to provide security for his funeral service, which takes place at 10.30am at the Holy Family Church on Aughrim Street, Dublin 7 today.


Members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU) are also expected to provide additional garda patrols for the service.

Yesterday evening, family and friends of Hutch gathered at his parents' home in Drumalee to pay their respects to the father-of-one.

Among those who attended the wake was Anthony Fitzgerald, a cousin of the deceased, who previously trained at the Kinahan-linked gym in Marbella, Spain.

Mr Fitzgerald, who has no involvement in crime and has no connection with the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud, has now retired from boxing.

A floral tribute with a picture of Gareth Hutch was placed outside the family home during the wake, which took place between 4pm and 8pm.

A garda checkpoint was also placed at the entrance of the Drumalee estate, with officers stopping every car coming into the area.

Undercover detective units also undertook patrols around the surrounding area.

CCTV footage of Hutch's fatal shooting, which surfaced following his murder, shows two men armed with handguns approach Hutch as he was about to get into his car in the car park of the Avondale House complex in the north inner city.

The men, who were hooded, approached from behind and fired a number of shots into his back, neck and head.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was later pronounced dead.

Hutch was the seventh victim of the ongoing gangland feud.

Senior gardai this week vowed to travel across the globe to target the Kinahan cartel, who have been responsible for six of the murders both here and in Spain.

The cities where the major criminals are living include the southern Spanish coastal town of Marbella, the Dutch city of Eindhoven and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

One of the country's most senior gardai warned that "if it is required", then members of the force will travel abroad to bring the criminals to justice.

Gardai expect arrests to be made overseas as part of an investigation into the international crime syndicate.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Mahony, who is responsible for the Garda Crime and Security branch, was speaking at a security briefing regarding the ongoing feud.

"We have previously, where it has been required, sent operations people to work in conjunction with other police forces, and if that is what's required here we will do the same.

"Indeed, with regards to the new taskforce, that was one of the considerations we have given to that special taskforce to work closer and maybe, if necessary, to work in those countries," Mr O'Mahony said.


Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey also warned that any gang members acting on the periphery of these murders are "as culpable as the triggermen".

"Those people that are involved on the fringes of these crimes, those that are involved in purchasing of mobile phones and purchasing of cars, are equally as culpable as those who pull the trigger, and they figure centrally in our investigations.

"We are determined that good will win over evil. There is no place in this society for those who are determined to wreak havoc on local communities," he added

Hundreds of young thugs, 'foot soldiers' and runners are working in the lower echelons of the organised crime gangs.

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