Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hutch gang member who appeared on Winning Streak flees pub gun murder

Ken Foy and Cathal McMahon

Published 26/04/2016 | 14:35

Ross Hutch on Winning streak

A key member of the Hutch mob who featured on Winning Streak fled out the back of a bar as a hitman team gunned down dissident Michael Barr.

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Two hitmen entered the Sunset House on Summerhill Parade at 9.15pm and shot 34-year-old Michael ‘Mickey’ Barr three times, at least once in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Independent.ie has learned that under-threat criminal Ross Hutch (24) – a nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch – escaped uninjured.

Senior sources have revealed that Hutch had been socialising in the bar while the Tottenham Hotspur and West Brom Premier League game was underway.

Michael Barr who was shot dead in the Sunset House attack
Michael Barr who was shot dead in the Sunset House attack

Hutch, a son of feud murder victim Eddie Hutch, is believed to have fled out a back door of the pub when the gunman entered. Sources say that Ross Hutch is one of the main targets for the Kinahan cartel and has been previously warned of a threat against his life.

The career criminal, who has 54 convictions, featured on Winning Streak last year and left presenter Sinead Kennedy red-faced after viewers saw him pay her a compliment.

Gun victim Michael Barr was a dissident republican who may have been supplying weapons to the Hutch mob, sources said last night.

It is understood he was an associate of the shooter at the Regency Hotel in February, who has been nicknamed ‘Flat Cap’.

He had also been spotted in the company of known associates of the Hutch mob.

A silver Audi A6 car, with partial registration 04C, was subsequently found burned-out on Walsh Road in Drumcondra.

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch at the funeral of his brother Eddie Hutch Snr.
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch at the funeral of his brother Eddie Hutch Snr.

It is believed that three men left Walsh Road in the direction of Home Farm Road in a silver saloon car.

Barr, originally from Co Tyrone, had been living in Finglas and Ballymun and had been a major target for the Garda Special Detective Unit for the past four years.

Sources said his house was raided by gardai last week. It is understood that these raids were part of the Regency Hotel murder investigation.

Detectives are now probing whether the shooting is linked to the bitter gangland war between the Hutch mob and the Kinahan cartel.

Barr was due to be sentenced on Thursday at the Special Criminal Court for handling stolen property. He had reportedly begun work as a manager at the Sunset House pub in the last few months.

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