Friday 9 December 2016

Hutch family member narrowly escaped with his life after passer-by hit gunman with a brick

Published 04/09/2016 | 10:54

The scene of the gun attack, inset Johnny Hutch
The scene of the gun attack, inset Johnny Hutch

An innocent member of the Hutch family narrowly escaped with his life after a brave passer-by threw a brick at the gunman as he opened fire.

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Up to six shots were fired at the home of John Hutch - the brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch - in broad daylight as children played nearby earlier this week.

Credit: David Kearns
Credit: David Kearns

The Sunday World revealed that a brave passer-by hit the gunman with a brick allowing Johnny Hutch (63) to escape behind a steel garden door that had been fitted in Hutch’s house in recent months.

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Dean Howe, who is an associate of Liam Byrne and ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson, is currently being questioned by gardai in relation to the shooting, but he is not suspected of being the trigger-man or getaway driver, according to the Sunday World.

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The gunmen escaped in a car that was found partly burnt-out near the scene in Drumalee Park, Dublin 7. Two guns found in the car will be examined by gardai.

An unarmed garda was in the area when the shooting took place and chased the gunman. However the garda accidentally landed on a wasp nest and was taken to Mater hospital after suffering from an allergic reaction.

“He was literally on top of him when he landed on a wasps nest and was repeatedly stung after hopping over a wall,” a source said.

A passerby also gave chase to the gunman but fell and broke his ankle in the pursuit.

The shooting is the latest in a string of tit-for-tat murders that have shocked the city.

Gareth Hutch, the brother of Jonathan, was killed in a feud-related murder last May 24.

His murder forced Jonathan Hutch to flee to Spain where he was recently lucky to escape with his life.

Following the shooting in Majorca that claimed the life of innocent council worker Mr O'Neill, Mr Hutch returned to Ireland and has been lying low because of the continuing threat to his life.

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John Hutch’s house is covered by CCTV cameras, which gardai will now examine as part of their investigations.

The feud was sparked when Gary Hutch, who had been working for the Kinahan cartel, was killed by the gang in Spain in September last year.

It has since emerged that a dispute over a missing €4m may have led to that killing.

A retaliation attack in February saw Kinahan associate David Byrne gunned down at a boxing weigh-in in February.

Since that killing, it is understood that the Kinahans have been targeting anyone related to the Hutch family, simply because of their name.

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Eddie Hutch, Gerry's older brother, was killed at his north inner city home in February.

More recently, Patrick 'Paddy' Hutch Sr, another brother of The Monk, was placed under 24-hour garda surveillance following two recent attempts on his life.

The shooting at the home of John Hutch comes as a new heavily armed garda unit to combat organised crime gangs involved in the Kinahan-Hutch feud will begin work next week.

The Armed Support Unit, which was announced following the weigh-in attack at the Regency Hotel in February, will begin work on Monday.

Seventy gardai of various ranks have been selected for the elite unit.

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