Sunday 24 September 2017

Suspect in Hutch killing arrested by elite British police plans extradition fight

Jonathan Keogh is being held in a UK prison, after he was arrested by British police on Sunday when they stopped his car
Jonathan Keogh is being held in a UK prison, after he was arrested by British police on Sunday when they stopped his car

Robin Schiller

A Dublin man who has been arrested in the UK in relation to a Hutch/Kinahan feud murder will spend at least two months in a London prison, as he plans to fight his extradition back to Ireland.

Jonathan Keogh (31) was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by gardai.

Members of the UK's elite National Crime Agency (NCA) swooped on Keogh shortly before 1am, as he travelled in a car in the Romford area of Essex.

Gardai are eager to return Keogh to Ireland so they can question him in relation to the feud murder of Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

Keogh appeared before a sitting of Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday morning, where his case was adjourned until next Tuesday.

He will appear via video-link on June 19.

However, a spokesman for the HM Courts and Tribunal Service stated that the adjournment was sought for a "non-standard reason" and that a further hearing is scheduled to take place in August.

It means that Keogh will be held in a UK prison for at least two months as he attempts to fight his extradition back to Ireland.

However, a source said that the actual extradition process could go on for "many months" if Keogh fights the case through the UK justice system.

Exclusive pictures obtained by the Herald show undercover detectives with their faces covered standing around Keogh, who is handcuffed, after his arrest.

Shattered glass can also be seen on the ground beside the vehicle he was travelling in, with up to six police units involved in the operation.

Father-of-one Gareth Hutch was shot dead by two gunmen outside his home in Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, in May 2016.

CCTV footage which captured the callous murder shows two men with their faces covered approach Hutch from behind, before fatally shooting him.

Gardai suspect the killing was linked to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud, which has so far claimed 12 lives.

The latest victim, Michael Keogh (37), is the brother of Jonathan Keogh.

He was gunned down in an underground car park last month at Sheridan Court in the north inner city.

The small-time criminal was not directly involved in the ongoing feud and was considered a soft target.

His body was released to his family yesterday, after a post-mortem examination was completed.

Sources have stated that tensions between the Hutch/Kinahan factions remain extremely high in the wake of the most recent murder.

A number of tit-for-tat attacks targeting the cars of innocent family members have also taken place in recent weeks.

Four cars belonging to the relatives of the Hutch family were burnt out, while a car belonging to the mother of a Kinahan associate was also set alight.

Herald

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