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Saturday 24 August 2019

Guilty plea from man caught with weapons

Patsy Hutch is a cartel target
Patsy Hutch is a cartel target

A man has pleaded guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to having a submachine gun and three handguns with intent to endanger life.

Yesterday, Gary Thompson (34), of Plunkett Green, Finglas, Dublin 11, admitted unlawful possession of four firearms with intent to endanger life at Belmont Hall Apartments, Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, on March 10, 2018.

The incident came as Patsy Hutch was a top target of the Kinahan cartel and had survived a number of attempts on his life.

Report

The four firearms were a 9mm Rak submachine gun, a .38 special calibre Rossi make revolver, a 9mm Beretta 92 semi-automatic pistol and a 9mm Makarov semi-automatic pistol.

When the registrar read the indictment to Thompson and asked him how he was pleading, he stood up and replied: "Guilty."

Michael Bowman, representing Thompson, requested that a governor's report be prepared on behalf of his client and this was granted by the court.

Ms Justice Tara Burns, presiding, sitting with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge Flann Brennan, remanded the defendant in custody until July 15, when he will be sentenced.

Thompson's brother, Glen Thompson (23), of Plunkett Drive, Finglas, and Robert Browne (35), of Phibsboro Road in Phibsboro, Dublin 7, both pleaded guilty in May to the same charge.

They will also be sentenced on July 15.

Unusually for a Dublin gangland figure, Browne spent around a decade in the British army and served in tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is understood to be originally from Hardwicke Street flats in Dublin's north inner city.

He has been a long-time close associate of a number of senior Kinahan cartel figures.

Patsy Hutch (59) is the older brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

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