Graffiti spray painted on walls of church ahead of Christy Kinahan wife's funeral
Published 06/05/2014 | 10:03
Sick graffiti has been spray-painted onto the walls of a Dublin church as a message to mourners who are attending the funeral today of the wife of crime boss Christy Kinahan.
The slogans 'Gary Hutch U Rat' and 'U Set (named person) Up' were painted in red on the front of the church.
But the vandals involved in the late-night incident crucially got the wrong church when they set about spraying their slogans.
They painted the walls, wheelchair ramp, and tarmac of the Russian Orthodox Church which is situated right beside Mount Jerome cemetery in Harold's Cross, where the remains of Jean Boylan will be cremated later today.
Jean, the estranged wife of Kinahan, died last Friday after a short illness. She was never involved in any criminality.
However, a number of the country's key crime bosses were expected to attend today's funeral as a mark of respect to Christy Kinahan and his two son's Christy jnr and Daniel, who are currently based in Spain and under investigation from authorities there.
Speaking to Independent.ie this morning Fr Michael Nasanov of the Russian Orthodox Church said the shocking act of vandalism happened last night.
"I left here at 10pm and everything was fine, now this morning I see this on the walls of our church," he said.
"It is disgusting. I never thought it could happen. This is a holy place. It is a church," he added in disbelief."
In 2012 convicted Dublin criminal Gary Hutch appeared in a Spanish court on charges linked to the massive international police operation into the activities of the drug trafficking network led by Christy Kinahan.
Hutch had been sought across the continent on a European arrest warrant, which had been issued by a Spanish magistrate more than two years earlier.
Hutch, who is from the north inner city, was alleged on the Spanish warrant to be a lieutenant of one of Kinahan's main associates.
His arrest was sought as part of Operation Shovel, which was set up in 2008 and involved the gardai, Spanish and Dutch police in targeting alleged members of Kinahan's gang behind the multi-million euro crime empire.
It resulted in 23 arrests in Spain and the UK in police swoops in May 2010.
Those detained included Kinahan and his closest associates as police officers began to track down a trail of assets across four continents that was estimated to be worth between €100m and €200m.
International arrest warrants were subsequently issued for Gary Hutch and "Fat" Freddie Thompson, from the south inner city.
Thompson was arrested in Amsterdam yesterday and faces possible extradition to Ireland over an assault at a funeral during one of his previous visits home.