Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kinahan mob back in the capital as son of 'Hatchet' has bout

Boxer Jamie Kavanagh with his late father Gerard
Boxer Jamie Kavanagh with his late father Gerard

The top boxer son of a criminal who is suspected of being murdered by the Christy Kinahan cartel is due to take part in a boxing bout tonight that is expected to be attended by senior members of the mob.

Respected professional boxer Jamie Kavanagh, who is the son of slain notorious gangster Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh, will be fighting in the National Stadium in Dublin's south inner city tonight at an event which will be closely monitored by undercover gardai.

It is suspected by gardai that 'Hatchet' was shot dead in Spain's Costa-Del-Crime by the Kinahan cartel in early September of last year and that his younger brother Paul was killed by the same mob in Drumcondra earlier this year.

Another boxer who is due to fight in the bout tonight is Ballyfermot man Ian Timms, whose life was put under threat by gangsters in December, 2011, as part of a bitter feud that he had no involvement in.

While both boxers have no involvement in organised crime, sources say that some of their supporters are linked to the Kinahan mob and other crime groupings.

It has emerged that gardai have observed the presence of Kinahan gang members in the Oliver Bond flats complex over the past 48 hours.

Gardai would not confirm that a checkpoint at nearby Donore Avenue on Thursday evening, in which armed units and the garda helicopter was active, was linked to the return of the Kinahan mafia.

Sources say that it is "highly unlikely" that there will be any attempted revenge attack on the mob after they were blamed for organising the murder of former cartel member Gary Hutch in Spain in September.

The 34-year-old from Champions Avenue, in Dublin's north inner-city, died after he was chased and shot a number of times by a masked gunman at an apartment complex in Miraflores on the Costa del Sol at around 11.30am on September 24.

It quickly emerged that Hutch had fallen foul of his former associates in the cartel after he was blamed for losing a massive drugs shipment to the UK.


Among those expected to attend the event at the National Stadium tonight is Christy's son Daniel, who has been staying at a property in the Lucan area of the capital and is being protected by bodyguards from Liverpool and Glasgow.

Last year, the attempted murder of innocent boxer Jamie Moore in Spain near Daniel Kinahan's home reportedly led Daniel to seek protection from Spanish police.

In a bizarre move, Daniel's lawyer Javier Arias revealed he would be asking the Spanish courts to provide him with armed police protection

Mr Arias said it was because of the shooting of Moore that he would be asking for police protection for his client and not because of the killing of 'Hatchet' Kavanagh who "he had never met".

The lawyer added: "In spite of all the newspaper reports about the links between Gerard Kavanagh and the Kinahan family, Daniel doesn't know the man killed at the weekend and has never met him.

"The reason I will be asking for protection for Daniel is because of Jamie Moore's shooting.

"He was shot in Daniel's garden and Daniel was at the property at the time.

"Daniel wasn't injured but you're obviously going to have a well-founded fear for your life if someone is shot inside your property.

"The incident shows there's a very clear risk to Daniel's safety.

"My application will be made in writing. I have no idea how long it will take to resolve."

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