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Saturday 25 February 2017

Suspects for three feud murders: Two gunmen arrested over Eddie Hutch murder

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

The scene of Eddie Hutch Snr's murder
The scene of Eddie Hutch Snr's murder

Two gangsters suspected of being involved in three murders linked to the Hutch/Kinahan feud have been arrested over the murder of innocent taxi-driver Eddie Hutch Snr.

One of the men, who is in his 30s, is regarded as one of the country's most dangerous criminals.

A number of gardaí were required to arrest him yesterday morning for the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr (58) who was shot dead at his home in Poplar Row, Ballybough, in Dublin's north inner city on February 8.

He is also a chief suspect in the murders of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan and Michael Barr, both of whom were aligned to associates of murdered Gary Hutch (28) and his uncle, Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

Last night, a number of armed garda checkpoints were in operation close to the scene where Michael Barr was killed.

The suspected hitman is believed to have been working alongside a young criminal, who is based in the north inner city.

The scene of the murder on Dublin’s northside in February
The scene of the murder on Dublin’s northside in February

This man, who has close links to slain Dublin gang boss Martin 'Marlo' Hyland, was arrested last night by gardaí in the north of the city.

He is also understood to have been involved in the murder of innocent mum-of-two Baiba Saulite (28) outside her home in Swords in November 2008.

He was detained at the Bridewell Garda Station last night, following his arrest in the north of the city at 9pm.

The older hitman was previously closely associated with Kevin Ledwidge, a 27-year-old Finglas criminal shot dead in July 2007, and Finglas murderer David Cully (24), who was jailed for life in July for the gun murder of his uncle.

Detectives from Mountjoy Garda Station arrested the older suspect yesterday evening and are continuing to question him. He can be detained for up to seven days.

The gangster previously terrified gym staff when he demanded subscription refunds for four of his associates who are either on the run or locked up.

He has been warned about an active threat against his life because of his suspected role in the murders, but still abused detectives when they issued him with the formal Garda Information Message (GIM) form two months ago.

The second suspected hitman has also been notified of threats against his life, but gardaí suspect he remained involved in the feud until his arrest last night.

Eddie Hutch, who is the brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was murdered on February 8, three days after gunmen stormed the Regency Hotel and gunned down David Byrne (33), a close associate of crime boss Daniel Kinahan (37).

Two of the killers are believed to have escaped in a car that was later found dumped on St Patrick's Parade, in nearby Drumcondra.

The murder is being treated as a revenge attack for the killing of David Byrne, considered one of the key lieutenants of the Kinahan cartel.

Irish Independent

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