Friday 2 December 2016

Kinahan cartel hitman 'no-show' at relative's funeral

Ken Foy

Published 23/09/2016 | 07:41

Garda Armed Support Unit. Inset Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan and Eddie Hutch Snr
Garda Armed Support Unit. Inset Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan and Eddie Hutch Snr

A hired hitman who works for the Kinahan cartel did not return to Ireland this week for the funeral of a close relative of his.

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Undercover gardai carried out surveillance of the funeral while uniformed officers patrolled nearby, but there was no sign of the 36-year-old who is considered one of Ireland's most dangerous criminals.

A number of the thug's close associates attended the service in north Dublin but it is believed the gang figure stayed away because he feared that he would be arrested.

Gardai had warned that the thug would be "arrested on sight" as there are two separate arrest warrants in place for the key member of the Kinahan cartel.

"He obviously decided that coming back was too much of a risk," a source said.

"This individual is facing extremely serious charges and a lengthy stretch in jail if he is convicted, so the feeling is that he is not going to come back to Ireland any time soon," the source added.

The thug fled Ireland over two months ago because he was "sick and tired" of the in-your-face policing tactics used by gardai and specialist units against him and his close associates.

The criminal, who is under threat from the Hutch mob because of his suspected role in feud murders, had his home raided and was arrested and questioned about the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr in Dublin's north inner city last February 8.

Murder

Gardai have also been investigating if the criminal was involved in the murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (55), a former business partner of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who was shot dead outside his home in Ratoath, Co Meath, on March 23.

The thug was warned about an active threat against his life because of his suspected role in the murders, but abused detectives when they issued him with the formal notice in February.

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