Cold-blooded killers captured on CCTV
Nephew of 'The Monk' is seventh victim of deadly feud
Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30
The moment when hooded assassins hunted down the latest victim of the drug gang war was captured on CCTV footage.
The savage murder of Gareth Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, took place in a neighbourhood barely 100 metres from O'Connell Street in the heart of Dublin city centre.
The CCTV footage shows the two murderers sneaking up behind Hutch, who was getting into his car outside his home.
His uncle, Eddie Hutch, and cousin, Gary Hutch, have already been killed in the feud.
The murder was carried out by the Kinahan drug cartel and is the fourth within a square mile in the north inner city in 100 days.
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald are now under intense pressure to take decisive action after the seventh murder in the gang war - the bloodiest prolonged period of murder since the Troubles.
Gardaí are investigating a possible link between the Kinahan crime cartel and a former senior garda. The Kinahan cartel has been "striking at will", leading officers to fear they have informers in the rival Hutch gang or, more sinister, in the gardaí. The ex-garda, who was involved in several serious crime investigations until his retirement, is linked to a key member of the killer gang.
Members of the Kinahan cartel, who live in the same neighbourhood as the Hutch clan, are suspected of carrying out six of the seven murders in the feud so far.
Details of the retired officer's suspected involvement with the Kinahan cartel emerged as pressure mounted on Garda management to keep a lid on the increasing violence.
Gardaí were last night on high alert for a close associate of Hutch who was believed to be armed, dangerous and seeking revenge. A man handed himself in to Mountjoy Garda Station in fear of his life. Another man was still on the run last night.