Saturday 19 August 2017

Innocent Hutch family members hit by five shocking cartel attacks

The city's deadly gangland feud has taken another sinister turn, with cars belonging to five innocent members of the extended Hutch family being targeted in the space of only five days.
The city's deadly gangland feud has taken another sinister turn, with cars belonging to five innocent members of the extended Hutch family being targeted in the space of only five days.

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

The city's deadly gangland feud has taken another sinister turn, with cars belonging to five innocent members of the extended Hutch family being targeted in the space of only five days.

Four of the vehicles were set alight in the attacks, while the other was the subject of an acid attack.

Women were among those targeted.

Sources said "tensions remain off the charts" between the feuding factions in the feud, which has claimed 11 lives.

On Saturday, two cars were burnt out in daylight petrol bomb attacks within hours of each other on the northside.

Sources said they were ordered by the Kinahan cartel, led by Daniel Kinahan, and carried out by a notorious north inner city-based member.

The first happened at 1pm in Dunard Avenue in the Cabra area when a black Toyota Avensis owned by an innocent taxi driver was broken into and set on fire by a young, disguised thug, who arrived in a silver Alfa Romeo.

A device was thrown through a rear passenger window, which caused an explosion.

Daniel Kinahan is wary of returning to Dublin
Daniel Kinahan is wary of returning to Dublin

The owner of the car is innocent of any involvement in any crime but is married into the family of feud murder victim Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead last May.

Sources said his livelihood has now been destroyed as gardai have taken away his vehicle, which was written-off in the incident.

Mystery

Less than seven hours later, at about 8pm, a Skoda was burnt out in nearby Stoneybatter in an attack that sources said is linked to the Kinahans' campaign of terror.

The ownership of that vehicle remains a mystery, but gardai are linking it to the other attacks.

Witnesses said heavily armed officers rushed to the scene in Manor Street as the vehicle blazed. Shocked members of the public had watched as it burst into flames on one of the capital's busiest roads.

Gardai said they were examining extensive CCTV in the area, which is patrolled by officers from the Bridewell Station.

It has also emerged that a Nissan Micra belonging to the innocent mother of an on-the-run Hutch gang member was torched last week in the Buckingham Street area of the north inner city.

The targeted property has an elaborate CCTV system, which showed the suspect fleeing in a silver-coloured car.

The middle-aged woman's car was destroyed in the incident, which happened on Tuesday night.

Her son is on the run from gardai and is blamed by the cartel for involvement in a hit on their members, as well as a botched murder attempt on cartel figures in November 2015.

In the early hours of Friday, a car owned by the innocent mother of attempted murder victim Eddie Staunton (25) was set on fire in the Glasnevin area.

Staunton, a cousin of Gary Hutch, was run over and shot in the groin and stomach on James Joyce Street in the capital's north inner city on March 26 in a non feud-related attack.

The fire brigade was called to Friday morning's incident and people in the housing estate were told not to leave their homes in case the vehicle exploded.

Acid

These incidents happened after the innocent 28-year-old daughter of Kinahan cartel target Patsy Hutch was the victim of an attack gardai believe was organised by the group.

The Herald revealed on Saturday that acid had been thrown at the car of the respectable young woman, who works as a special needs assistant and has no involvement in the brutal gang warfare.

The incident happened at lunchtime on Tuesday in the car park of St Laurence O'Toole's School in Seville Place.

The culprit approached the victim's car on a bicycle and poured acid over it before cycling away.

The acid caused extensive paint damage to the car, but no one was injured.

The five shocking attacks

ATTACK 1 Acid was thrown at the car of a respectable young woman who works as a special needs assistant and has no involvement in the brutal gang warfare. The incident happened at lunchtime in the car park of St Laurence O’Toole’s School in Seville Place.

ATTACK 2 It has now emerged that a Nissan Micra belonging to the innocent mother of an on the- run Hutch gang member was torched last week in the Buckingham Street area of the north inner city. CCTV showed the suspect fleeing in a silver-coloured car.

ATTACK 3 In the early hours of Friday, a car owned by the innocent mother of attempted murder victim Eddie Staunton (25, below) was set on fire in the Glasnevin area. The fire brigade was called and people in the housing estate were told not to leave their houses in case the vehicle exploded.

Eddie-Staunton.jpg
Eddie Staunton

ATTACK 4 On Saturday at 1pm in Dunard Avenue in the Cabra area, a black Toyota Avensis car owned by an innocent taxi driver was broken into and set on fire by a young, disguised thug, who arrived in a silver Alfa Romeo. A device was thrown into a rear passenger window, causing an explosion. The man is married into the family of feud murder victim Gareth Hutch.

ATTACK 5 Less than seven hours later, a Skoda car was burnt out in nearby Stoneybatter in an attack that sources say is linked to the Kinahans’ campaign of terror. Gardai are linking the incident to the other attacks.

Herald

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