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Thursday 13 December 2018

Under-threat Kinahan thug is held over rugby club break-in

Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneux
Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneux

A volatile young criminal who has become a top target for the Hutch mob has been arrested over a burglary at a rugby club.

The north inner city thug - who has sided with the Kinahan cartel - is suspected of being behind a spate of arson attacks targeting mainly innocent associates of the Hutch mob.

He is also being investigated for having some kind of involvement in the gruesome gangland murder of Jason 'Buda' Molyneux - the 15th slaying in the capital's deadly feud.

Gardai are desperate to have the man, who is aged in his late 20s, locked up, but he remains at large.

It is believed he has been spending his time in various city centre hotels, as well as the Castleknock area while he remains under severe threat.

"Jail would really be the safest place for this individual right now and he will end up there quickly enough if he keeps coming to the attention of gardai as he continues to commit offences, even though he is on bail," a source said last night.

Threat

"However, the biggest problem for this individual is the fact that he is under grave threat from the Hutch mob whose stronghold is based all around his north inner city home," the source added.

The Herald can reveal the criminal was recently arrested in connection with a burglary at Monkstown rugby club on September 20 last when "considerable damage" was caused.

Cash and radio equipment was taken in the burglary.

The incident has been investigated by Irishtown gardai, who arrested the criminal on Friday of last week.

He was questioned for a number of hours before being released without charge and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

The criminal is the suspect for a number of similar crimes across south Dublin in recent months and is a big target for gardai. However, he is also a huge target for the Hutch mob and he was threatened by a senior Hutch mobster after a car linked to an innocent family member was recently firebombed.

Shouting

The gangster, who is very close to Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, arrived at Sheriff Street in the north-inner city shouting the name of the cartel-linked criminal who he blames for the attack.

He was backed up by a younger relative in the bizarre show of force, which occurred hours after a woman's car linked to the Hutch family was destroyed in an arson attack.

The car belonged to a completely innocent woman who is not involved in criminality.

In response to their show of force, associates of the cartel attempted to set fire to this man's car in the early hours of last Monday morning. However, the car failed to ignite.

Sources say these events show feud-related tensions remain at "a very high level".

The thug who was arrested for the rugby club burglary was also suspected of being behind attacks last year on at least four cars belonging to members of the Hutch family.

One car was damaged with acid. In the wake of the attacks, Michael Keogh was shot dead.

Gardai believe that he was targeted by the Hutch gang and that the shooting was due to the heightening tensions in the area as a result of the arson attacks.

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