Monday 24 April 2017

Man appears in court in connection with Gary Hutch murder

Spanish police and gardai with the handgun they seized; inset left, James Quinn
Spanish police and gardai with the handgun they seized; inset left, James Quinn
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A man has appeared in court in Spain in connection with the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain.

James Quinn, a nephew of Martin  'The Viper' Foley, was further remanded in custody following his appearance.

A garda spokesman confirmed that the 34-year-old was arrested on Wednesday by the Guardia Civil in Spain as part of their investigation into the Gary Hutch murder.

He appeared in court in Fuengirola, Spain on Thursday morning and "was further remanded in custody for the further investigation of the offences".

Gary Hutch Photo: Collins
Gary Hutch Photo: Collins

The hearing was closed to the media and the public and armed police were on duty at the courthouse.

Following a brief examination of the case the judge decided to remand the Dublin man in custody for the continuing investigation of the murder.

Quinn (34) was arrested at Madrid Airport by police investigating the murder of Hutch, who was shot dead at an apartment complex near Marbella on September 24 last year.

Hutch's (33) death sparked a bloody feud which led to a further nine murders, including the shooting of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

On Wednesday morning, gardaí swooped on a number of properties across the capital.

Houses in Rialto, Tallaght, Clondalkin and Crumlin were targeted in the raids, which began at 6.30am.

Detective Supt Tony Howard of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau said that the investigation was heavily focused on money laundering.

"We've seized computers, phones, €23,000 in cash, false identification papers and financial documentation in relation to banks outside this jurisdiction," Det Supt Howard said. "I believe we will have arrests in the future."

He added that the operation was about evidence gathering and "disrupting and dismantling these organised crime groups".

Large numbers of documents were seized as part of a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) probe into the cartel.

Officers investigating the gang have seized around €1m in cash in recent weeks.

"This operation is the culmination of significant investigative activity to date and is supported by other law enforcement agencies, including La Guardia Civil," a Garda spokesman said.

At the same time as the operation in Ireland, La Guardia Civil carried out a number of raids in Spain and seized a yacht worth €100,000 as well as a Bentley car worth €200,000 along with cash.

The Spanish police, joined by their Garda counterparts, also searched properties linked to the killing.

Det Supt Howard said gardaí have helped Spanish police identify suspects as part of the Gary Hutch investigation.

"In terms of sharing information around the murder of Gary Hutch, we can help them interpret documentation and vice versa. We have several members there on the ground assisting and interpreting documents for the Guardia Civil and identifying suspects. It is ultimately about identifying suspects to bring before the courts, either here or in Spain," he said.

He thanked members of La Guardia Civil who were in Dublin.

Quinn used to be regularly seen at his uncle 'The Viper' Foley's side, but has not been seen in his company much in recent times.

Foley (65) was officially warned by gardaí earlier this year about an active threat against his life because of the capital's gangland feud, which he is not involved in.

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