Tuesday 24 January 2017

Christy Kinahan's sons Daniel and Christopher still in city as gardai seize taxi and cars in hotel murder probe

Ken Foy

Published 20/02/2016 | 07:52

Christy Kinahan Jnr, inset left, Daniel Kinahan, right
Christy Kinahan Jnr, inset left, Daniel Kinahan, right
Eddie Hutch’s murder was in response to the attack at the Regency Hotel. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Daniel Kinahan
Chirsty Kinahan Jnr
The gunmen in the Regency attack
Raiders disguised as Garda armed with AK47 Assault Rifles enter the front door of the Regency Hotel

Gardai investigating the Regency Hotel gun attack have seized three cars - including a taxi - which are connected to the mob that carried out the brutal murder of crime figure David Byrne.

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Forensic testing is being carried out on the vehicles which may have been used as part of the attack in which two of Byrne's pals were also shot.

Sources have revealed that the vehicles are connected to north inner city associates of Gary Hutch, who was shot dead by the Kinahan cartel last September.

"The seizure of these cars is considered to be significant," a senior source explained.

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It has also emerged that gardai are investigating whether a series of armed pub robberies in Dublin before Christmas may have been used to provide funding for the audacious hotel attack on Friday, February 5.

Terrorised

Sources have revealed that a suspect in the pub robbery cases, in which staff were terrorised with a gun, has very close connections to the mob who carried out the deadly attack in the Drumcondra hotel two weeks ago.

"It is being looked at whether money which was stolen in these raids ultimately went towards funding the hotel gun attack," the source pointed out.

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Meanwhile, the bitter feud between associates of Gary Hutch and the Christy Kinahan mob has led to a shortage of drugs on the streets.

Sources say the saturation armed policing across the capital over the past fortnight, coupled with the fact that the Kinahan mob have been busy dealing with the bitter feud, has led to the drought.

"The Kinahan cartel are supplying between 80 to 90pc of the drugs on the Irish market, but if they have to be looking over their shoulder all the time it means that they have taken their eye off their main business of drugs trafficking," a source explained.

It is understood that the temporary drugs drought in the capital is one of the most significant since the garda clampdown after the murder of crime reporter Veronica Guerin in 1996.

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"With all the armed units on the streets in both the north and south inner city, it has been making it much more difficult for dealers to move their product," the source added.

Tensions remain extremely high in the capital this weekend, with gardai fearful of further revenge attacks after the murders of Eddie Hutch Snr and David Byrne.

It is understood that Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who attended his murdered brother Eddie's funeral yesterday in disguise, remained in the capital last night after family and friends of the gangland victim held a reception in a pub in the Summerhill area of the city after the burial.

'The Monk' was visited at his Clontarf home earlier this week where he was officially warned by gardai about an active threat on his life.

Upmarket

It is also believed that Christy Kinahan's sons Daniel and Christopher are still in the capital and have been staying in an upmarket hotel in the Grafton Street area.

There have been no arrests in either murder case, but sources say that gardai expect to begin picking up suspects as early as next week.

Most of the six-man gang who were involved in the hotel attack have been identified, including two criminals whose faces were caught by a press photographer.

One of these is a man aged in his 20's who was disguised as woman. He was a very close associate of slain Gary Hutch and is from Dublin's north inner city, while the older suspect is a former Continuity IRA man from Co Tyrone who was booted out of that organisation.

It emerged yesterday that the PSNI raided his home in the North on Wednesday but the criminal was not at home.

Sources say that gardai have also made good progress in the Eddie Hutch murder investigation with the four-man gang involved in that killing also identified. Two of this gang have been formally notified by gardai of an imminent threat against their lives.

One of these gangsters who is suspected of twice trying to murder exiled crimelord John Gilligan is said to be "in hiding".

It has emerged that innocent family members of the notorious criminal have also been warned of a threat against their lives.

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