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Monday 20 August 2018

Kinahan gang vows revenge for 'Hatchet' hit

The body of Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh, who was part of the mob run by Christy Kinahan, is taken away
The body of Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh, who was part of the mob run by Christy Kinahan, is taken away
‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh, pictured with innocent boxer son Jamie Kavanagh (left)

The feared drugs cartel who that lost its violent enforcer Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh in a savage pub shooting in Spain has vowed revenge.

Kavanagh (44) was a senior member for the Christy Kinahan international crime syndicate and sources said that gardai have received intelligence that the mob are intent on avenging the gun murder.

'Hatchet' Kavanagh was gunned down in the ruthless assassination in an Irish bar in upmarket Elviria near Marbella on Saturday afternoon.

Close associates of Kavanagh including his right-hand man Paul Rice held a crime summit at a house in Drimnagh late on Sunday night, where it is believed they discussed what to do next as tensions in Dublin and Spain continue to rise.

And last night it emerged that Kavanagh was supposed to be in Dublin at the weekend where he was due to attend a wedding which his associate Daniel Kinahan, Christy Kinahan's son, attended.

However sources said that 'Hatchet' remained in Spain's Costa-Del-Crime because he had been caring for a sick relative.

"There is no question of this being an internal dispute with in the Christy Kinahan network, some senior lads in that crew are absolutely furious about it and they will not take this lying down," a source told the Herald.

"The big question now is whether the crew who organised this in Spain will now go after Kavanagh's best mate Paul Rice."

Kavanagh was shot nine times with a machine pistol by two masked men just before 5pm local time on Saturday as he sipped a beer at Harmon's Irish bar.

Detectives have recovered a mobile believed to belong to the notorious gangster and are working through the numbers on it to see who called him before he met his violent death.

Sources here are satisfied that Kavanagh was "set-up".

'Hatchet' Kavanagh, Paul Rice and other Christy Kinahan gang members have been involved in a bitter dispute with rival drugs trafficker Christopher 'Git' Russell from Drimnagh that has seen a series of tit-for-tat vandalism.

Russell has been in a dispute with the Kinahan mob over a seven-figure drugs debt. It is understood that Kavanagh's associates are blaming a close female associate of Russell for ordering the murder.

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Gardai are aware of this theory and have also heard that Kavanagh may have been murdered by a Russian gang based in Spain because of a dispute over a drugs shipment. A dangerous Liverpool based gang are also being investigated.

Kavanagh's funeral is expected to take place in Dublin later this month, but already several of his closest pals and family members have flown out to Spain.

A convicted dr ug dealer, Kavanagh was jailed for four years in 1996 was nabbed with the equivalent of around €4,500 of heroin and cannabis.

kfoy@herald.ie

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