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Sunday 17 December 2017

Suspect wanted over feud killing to decide his fate

Jonathan Keogh is in a UK jail
Jonathan Keogh is in a UK jail

A Dublin man wanted for questioning in relation to the feud murder of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's nephew has a week to decide if he will fight his extradition back to the capital from the UK.

Jonathan Keogh (31) was arrested by heavily armed officers in Essex more than a week ago on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

He appeared via video-link before a sitting of Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday morning.

The matter was adjourned and Keogh is due to be presented on June 26 in relation to the extradition hearing.

"He will either consent to his extradition or raise new issues regarding the extradition request," said a spokesman for the Magistrates' Court Service.

Jonathan Keogh's arrest in the UK
Jonathan Keogh's arrest in the UK

"His case will be listed before the Senior District Judge."

It means that Keogh will have until next Monday to decide if he wants to fight his extradition in relation to a Hutch/Kinahan feud murder.

Detectives want to question Keogh over the gangland killing of Gareth Hutch (35), who was shot dead in May of last year.

The nephew of 'The Monk' was murdered outside his apartment in Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, on the morning of May 24, 2016.

CCTV images captured the father-of-one walking to his car before two gunmen approach him from behind and fire a number of shots at him.

Challenges

A hearing for Keogh's case in a Magistrates' Court is also scheduled for August if he challenges his extradition.

However, if he decides to accept his deportation he could be brought back to Dublin as early as next week.

Exclusive images obtained by the Herald show Keogh being detained by elite police officers from the UK's National Crime Agency.

Feud victim Gareth Hutch
Feud victim Gareth Hutch

He was arrested in Romford, Essex, and has since been detained in a London jail.

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