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Friday 6 December 2019

Monk brother John dies after horror fall on wife's birthday

John Hutch
John Hutch

A brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has died two days after a fall at his home.

John Hutch (66) was being treated at a Dublin hospital for "catastrophic" injuries sustained at his home in the north inner city on Tuesday afternoon - the day of his wife's birthday.

Mr Hutch had clung to life at the Mater Hospital while armed gardai discreetly monitored the situation. However, he died last evening.

There had been no sign of his younger brother Gerry (56) coming back to his home city.

All eyes will now be on whether he will attend the funeral, details of which have yet to be announced.

Celebrating

The Herald has learned that Mr Hutch fell at on his wife Vera's 67th birthday.

It is unclear if he had been celebrating in the hours before the accident at the family home on Drumalee Avenue.

It is not known what caused the fall, whether it was an accidental trip or if he had taken ill and collapsed.

However, it appears he suffered catastrophic head injuries when he landed at the bottom of the stairs and may have been unconscious for some time before the alarm was raised.

Armed gardai rushed to the Drumalee estate at around 4pm on Tuesday after receiving reports that Mr Hutch had been found in an unresponsive state.

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

After three people were found guilty of their son Gareth's 2016 murder last October, a victim impact statement from Vera Hutch was read at the Special Criminal Court.

Siblings Jonathan (33) and Regina Keogh (41), together with Thomas Fox (31), were convicted of murdering the 35-year-old.

Mrs Hutch said the pain of her son's death was "unbearable" and that she would "never get over it".

"We struggle every day as a family and can't comprehend why this happened," she said.

As her statement was read out, a number of Jonathan Keogh's supporters laughed and left the court.

Keogh shouted: "What about everyone else's family? What about all the other families?"

"He then said "f**king b*****ds" and "rats".

In the statement, which was read out by Det Gda Eoin Treacy, Mrs Hutch said she had the "privilege and honour" of being Gareth's mother for 35 years before he was "cruelly" taken away from her.

She said she no longer felt safe, and the defendants had "destroyed" her family.

She said she would never again see her son's smile or hear his laugh, which was "contagious once you heard it".

"Not only did you take away my son, you have taken away a brother, uncle, friend and most of all a daddy," she added.

Mrs Hutch said it was Gareth's son who would lose out the most, as "his daddy had been cut out of his life".

She said Gareth was denied "the opportunity of watching his son grow up" and he would never get to take him to his first football game.

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