Tuesday 25 September 2018

Spotter for AK-47 gang 'had children with him'

Gardai are investigating if one of the "spotters" used by the Hutch gang at the Regency Hotel to locate members of the rival Kinahan cartel brought their children with them.

They believe a number of lookouts were positioned inside the Dublin hotel last February 5 while a boxing weigh-in took place.

It is understood their job was to report to gunmen where Christy Kinahan's son Daniel was, who he was with and what he was wearing.


It is believed two gunmen, later identified as a man with a flat cap and another dressed as a woman, were to target Kinahan.

A separate pair of gunmen who were photographed dressed as gardai and running in the front door would kill him if he tried to escape through the foyer.

However, in the confusion, Kinahan escaped by jumping from a window and drug dealer David Byrne was gunned down at the reception desk before the shooters ran off.

It is thought that one of the spotters in the hotel did not know a bloodbath was about to take place in an area where so many innocent people were fleeing in panic and now feels duped.

Meanwhile, a senior figure in the Hutch gang has held talks with a Dublin-based INLA group as the bloody feud with the Kinahans continues unabated.

The INLA outfit has previously clashed with the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson gang. Thompson's mob are aligned with the Kinahan mob.

Dissident republicans have previously been linked to the Hutch gang and are believed to have supplied the weapons used in the Regency Hotel attack.

It is thought there were three dissident republicans among the 12-strong gang involved in the Regency attack which left Byrne dead and two other men seriously injured.

One of the gunmen, who has been warned by gardai that his life is under threat, received weapons training from the dissidents before the attack.

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