Tuesday 25 April 2017

Kinahan cartel associate Chubb held by Dutch police over botched 'hit' in Amsterdam pub

Gareth Chubb
Gareth Chubb

Tom Brady and Robin Schiller

Two Irishmen, including a key associate of the Kinahan crime cartel, are being questioned by Dutch police about an attempted murder in a pub in the centre of Amsterdam.

The "hit" failed after the gun jammed and the intended victim fled from the pub and alerted a passing police patrol.

In follow-up enquiries, armed police officers arrested four suspects and seized three firearms, including the weapon that was to have been used in the shooting.

The Kinahan associate - Gareth Chubb (30), originally from Keeper Road, Drimnagh - is regarded as a "second tier" member of the organisation's major players. He was also a close friend of David Byrne, who was murdered at the Regency Hotel a year ago.

Chubb, a convicted drug dealer, was arrested along with a "low-level" associate from Inchicore, Dublin.

Read more: Gardaí on standby in bid to prevent any attacks on anniversary of brutal Regency Hotel shootings

Armed police officers arrived at the pub and the three guns were seized following a search. Stock photo
Armed police officers arrived at the pub and the three guns were seized following a search. Stock photo

All four men are being questioned in relation to the firearms recovery and the threat to kill. It is not believed that the incident is linked to the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud.

A police patrol was passing the pub in Rembrandt Square in the centre of Amsterdam at around 8.45pm on Sunday when a man ran out and alerted the officers to the presence of at least one armed man in the premises. Armed police officers arrived at the pub and the three guns were seized following a search.

Four men - including Chubb, another Dublin man aged 23, and two UK nationals aged 29 and 37 - were still in police custody in Amsterdam last night and can be held without charge for up to six days.

Irish Independent

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