Killer Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch gets compassionate leave to view body of brother
Published 06/10/2015 | 10:29
The notorious younger brother of Costa gangland murder victim Gary Hutch was released from Mountjoy Prison to view his body.
Convicted killer Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch (30) was granted a short period of compassionate leave from prison to pay his respects on Sunday afternoon.
It is understood that ‘Del Boy’ was handcuffed to a prison officer at all times during the visit to a north inner city funeral home.
However, he will not be attending today’s funeral after he failed to get permission from jail bosses.
“There was no chance that ‘Del Boy’ was going to be allowed to attend the funeral. The security risk would be far too great, so a short visit was facilitated on Sunday,” a jail source said.
The body of Gary Hutch reposed at his family’s home in Champions Avenue in Dublin’s north inner city, with prayers taking place there yesterday evening.
There is expected to be a large garda presence around Hutch’s funeral at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Sean McDermott Street this morning.
It is not known if Hutch’s under-threat and exiled pal ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson will attend the funeral, but the murdered man’s uncle Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is expected to be there.
Gardai believe that Gary Hutch (34) was shot dead on the orders of his former associates in the Christy Kinahan crime cartel after being blamed when a €2m cocaine shipment destined for the UK went missing.
Sources said detectives have been concerned about reprisals for Hutch’s murder, but one criminal who will not be able to seek satisfaction is ‘Del Boy’ as he is serving lengthy sentences in Mountjoy.
In October 2009, he was jailed for two years after he tried to sell a stolen motorbike to gardai.
In February, 2011, the crazed cocaine user was jailed for six years for stabbing an innocent 23-year-old man to death in the early hours of St Stephen’s Day 2007.
After the killing, he tried to get rid of the blade and arranged to have his back slashed to make it look like he had been hurt in a fight.
He was back in court a month later when the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a seven-year sentence handed down for possession of a silenced pistol was not unduly lenient.
In July 2012, Hutch was sentenced to 16 years for his role in a May 2009 robbery in Lucan during which gardai shot dead his accomplice, Gareth Molloy.