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Monday 18 December 2017

'Monk's nephew under threat in jail as cartel blames him for bloodbath

Armed raiders disguised as gardai enter the Regency Hotel where David Byrne was murdered
Armed raiders disguised as gardai enter the Regency Hotel where David Byrne was murdered

A Hutch mob thug jailed this week is under serious threat from the Kinahan cartel who believe he was one of the gunmen involved in the Regency Hotel bloodbath.

Despite the cartel's suspicions, Nathan Coakley (24) has never been arrested by gardai investigating the gun attack last year in which David Byrne was shot dead in front of hundreds of boxing fans.

At Dublin Circuit Court this week, the young thug was jailed for two years for the unlawful use of a stolen car and the unlawful possession of a knife as a weapon at Ringsend, Dublin, on December 24, 2015.

Coakley, who is a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, originally went on the run in the North after the Regency attack on February 5 last year.

He was eventually arrested in September in Liverpool before being extradited to Ireland.

He has been in custody since and is in a protective security regime because of threats to his life by the cartel.

"He has now become one of the cartel's prime targets behind bars and there is a price on his head," a jail source said last night.

The volatile thug has been singled out by the Kinahans as one of the criminals disguised as gardai who gunned down Byrne at the Regency Hotel boxing weigh-in.

Nathan Coakley is blamed by the cartel for a botched hit
Nathan Coakley is blamed by the cartel for a botched hit

The cartel has also blamed the north inner city criminal for the attempted murder of perma-tanned gangster Liam Roe at the Red Cow complex on November 6, 2015.

Inflamed

That incident inflamed the feud between the cartel and the Hutch mob only weeks after the bitter dispute claimed its first victim, Gary Hutch (34).

He was shot dead near his flat in Angel de Miraflores, close to Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, in September 2015.

The cartel also suspected the young thug was involved in the murder of drug dealer Paul Kavanagh in Drumcondra in March 2015.

Sources said Coakley is considered one of the most senior members of the Hutch mob and has been a prime target for the cartel since the murderous feud began.

A car owned by an innocent middle-aged female associate of Coakley was burned out in May in an attack that caused feud tensions to reach boiling point.

The Nissan Micra was torched in the Buckingham Street area of the north inner city.

CCTV footage showed the suspect fleeing in a silver-coloured car.

Target: Liam Roe
Target: Liam Roe

At the time, Coakley is believed to have been hiding out in the North with fellow cartel targets James 'Mago' Gately and his pal Keith Murtagh.

Gately was lucky to escape with his life when he was shot at several times at a service station in Clonshaugh in May.

Fourteen months earlier, in a botched cartel hit, Murtagh escaped injury when tragic Martin O'Rourke was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity on Sheriff Street.

At Dublin Circuit Court on Monday, Gda Bryan Hunt said he saw Coakley and another male driving a stolen Hyundai i30 in the Ballsbridge area on December 24, 2015.

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

The court heard that a high-speed chase ensured, during which the stolen car was driven through several red lights and narrowly avoided hitting another vehicle.

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

Coakley and another man fled the scene on foot and entered a house where a large group of young men had gathered.

Gardai decided not to pursue the men, said Gda Hunt.

Petrol

Two containers of petrol, a strip of paper and a knife were found in the car. The DNA on the knife matched that of the defendant, the court heard.

Keith Spencer, defending, told the court that 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," he said.

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