Sunday 24 September 2017

Family of Costa murder victim Gary Hutch: 'We do not want retaliation. We don't wish our pain on any other family'

The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
06/10/15. Gary Hutch Funeral Sean McDermott Street.
The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.

Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

The family of gangland murder victim Gary Hutch appealed for no retaliation at his funeral this morning.

Hundreds of friends and family joined in the funeral procession behind the remains of gangster Hutch (34), who was shot dead last month in Spain.

Close friends took turns to carry the heavy wooden casket,  which featured a carved image of the Last Supper, as it made its way down Sean McDermott Street just before 11am mass.

The hymn ‘You Raise Me Up’ was played as the coffin was brought into the church on Dublin’s north inner city.

Taking to the altar, a family member asked that there be no more bloodshed following the murder of Gary Hutch.

“We do not want retaliation. We don’t wish our pain on any other family, I let God be our judge,” she said.

06/10/15. Gary Hutch Funeral Sean McDermot Street.
06/10/15. Gary Hutch Funeral Sean McDermot Street.
06/10/15. Gary Hutch Funeral Sean McDermot Street.

Chief celebrant, parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Richard Ebejer, said that now was a time for remembering Gary.

“We are not here to judge, but to mourn,” he said.

Hutch’s notorious younger brother – Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch (30) – was not in attendance, as he had been 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 pay respects to his brother at a north inner city funeral home, but he wasn’t granted compassionate leave.

The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.

The body of Gary Hutch reposed at his family’s home in Champions Avenue in Dublin’s north inner city, with prayers taking place yesterday evening.

A large garda presence was around Hutch’s funeral at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Sean McDermott Street this morning, including members from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), patrol units and undercover detectives.

Floral tributes to Hutch spelled out ‘son’, ‘brother’ and ‘pal’. Gifts brought to the altar included a bike helmet and a Dublin jersey.

It is not known if Hutch's associate ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson attended today’s funeral, but the murdered man’s uncle Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch was expected to be there.

The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our ady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.
The Funeral of Gary Hutch at The CHurch of Our ady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St today.

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.

He was trying to escape the gunman out of a back exit on the gated Miraflores complex in Costa del Sol where he lived when he was cornered and shot in the head and chest.

The gangster was trapped when he found a door leading onto waste ground locked after a dramatic chase round the complex’s swimming pool.

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, he was jailed for six years for stabbing an innocent 23-year-old man to death on St Stephen’s Day, 2007.

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.

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