Monday 26 September 2016

Hutch murder suspect turned himself in on mother's advice

Appeal for information on car used in latest gangland killing

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting of Gareth Hutch
Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting of Gareth Hutch

A man arrested in connection with the murder of Gareth Hutch gave himself up to gardaí on his mother's advice, it has emerged.

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The suspect (29) was still being questioned in Mountjoy Garda Station last night about Gareth Hutch's murder while gardaí continued their search for a murder suspect believed to be a 30-year-old dissident republican.

The arrested man's mother is understood to have close links to the Hutch family. Gardaí in the north inner city called to her home to warn that her son might be regarded as a suspect in the killing of Gareth Hutch on Tuesday morning. They warned the woman that her son's life was in grave danger.

She is said to be "totally shocked" that he would be suspected of being involved in the murder as she is a personal friend of relatives of the slain man. It is believed that she then coaxed her son to hand himself in to gardaí. He appeared at Mountjoy Garda Station at 8pm on Tuesday after talking with his mother.

Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead in Dublin on Tuesday
Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead in Dublin on Tuesday

Sources say that the suspect denies any involvement in the brutal murder of dad-of-one Gareth Hutch.

Gareth Hutch, who was in his 30s and the father of a young boy, was murdered in the Avondale House complex in Cumberland Street North in Dublin, a few hundred yards from O'Connell Street.

He is the seventh victim of the bloody dispute between the Kinahan and Hutch families.

Yesterday gardaí appealed for information about the car which is believed to have taken the killers from the north inner city to Finglas.

"Gardaí investigating the murder of Gareth Hutch at Avondale House are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the movements of a silver Skoda car registration 05 D 15049 either before or after the shooting incident.

"This car was observed on Sean McDermott Street after 10am on Tuesday following the murder of Gareth Hutch. It was seen on Rutland Street Lower and was later found in the Dubber Cross area of Finglas in a burnt-out condition," a garda spokesman said.

A burnt-out Skoda Octavia is removed at Dubber Cottages near Finglas
A burnt-out Skoda Octavia is removed at Dubber Cottages near Finglas

The second suspect in the murder of Gareth Hutch, who remained at large last night, is also now being investigated for other murders linked to the deadly feud.

Both he and the arrested man are associated with convicted killer Michael Taylor Jnr (35).

In November 2011, Taylor Jnr was found guilty of the 2007 murder of Paul Kelly (26) at an apartment block in Clontarf, Dublin.

Searches continued in north Dublin last night for the on-the-run suspect, who is a member of the so-called 'New INLA' gang.

Floral tributes left at the murder scene
Floral tributes left at the murder scene

The suspect was in the same pub when a dissident Republican was shot dead on the orders of the Kinahan cartel.

Just days after the murder of Michael Barr in the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, the north-inner-city criminal was then himself officially notified by gardaí of an active threat against his life.

This warning came amid mounting underworld speculation that he played some role in setting up Barr on the night he was shot dead.

Gardaí are now actively investigating the New INLA's links with the Kinahan cartel.

Meanwhile, arrangements have not yet been finalised for the funeral of Gareth Hutch, whose murder has further increased gangland tensions in the capital.

A Garda forensic officer at the crime scene
A Garda forensic officer at the crime scene

He was preparing to appeal to Dublin City Council housing officers to move him to a different flat in the Avondale House complex as he was in fear for his life.

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