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Monday 18 December 2017

'Monk' nephew jailed after leading gardai on high-speed car chase

Nathan Coakley.
Nathan Coakley.

A senior member of the Hutch mob who led gardai on a Christmas Eve car chase has been jailed for two years.

Nathan Coakley - aka Nathan Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch - pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful use of a stolen car in Ringsend, Dublin.

He also pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a knife as a weapon.

Stolen

Garda Bryan Hunt told Gerardine Small, prosecuting, that he saw Coakley (24), of Buckingham Street Upper and another man driving a stolen Hyundai i30 in the Ballsbridge area on December 24, 2015.

Gda Hunt recognised the defendant and signalled him to pull over.

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.

The court heard a high-speed chase followed, during which the stolen car passed through several red lights and narrowly avoided a collision with another vehicle.

"The chase ended with the Hyundai flipping over and landing upright on four wheels," Gda Hunt said.

Coakley and another man fled on foot into a house in which a large group of young men had gathered. Gardai decided not to pursue the men, Gda Hunt said.

A knife, two containers of petrol and a strip of paper were found in the car. A sample of DNA from the knife matched that of the defendant, the court heard.

An arrest warrant was issued and father-of-one Coakley was returned to Ireland from the UK some months later.

Keith Spencer, defending, told the court Coakley had "never really recovered" from the death of his father, Derek Hutch, on his 16th birthday.

"His brother Alex then died in a car crash three years ago, and he is still reeling emotionally from these losses," said Mr Spencer.

Cocaine

He added that Coakley had a "substantial cocaine addiction" and carried out the offences while under the influence.

He said the defendant had taken steps in custody to address his addiction and regretted his actions.

Sentencing Coakley to two years in jail, Judge Martin Nolan said it was clear he was someone who had "a healthy contempt" for road traffic legislation. Coakley was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.

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