Friday 24 February 2017

Tighter security at boxing fight after Gary Hutch killing

'We don't want any revenge attacks' say family of slain Hutch

Robin Schiller

Mourners carry the coffin of murdered Gary Hutch outside the church yesterday
Mourners carry the coffin of murdered Gary Hutch outside the church yesterday

Slain gangland figure Gary Hutch's mother pleaded for no retaliation for her son's gun death in Spain, saying: "Let God be our judge."

Kay Hutch told hundreds of mourners at his funeral that the family does not want to see further violence.

"We don't want any retaliation. We don't want any family to feel the pain we are feeling. Our son is gone, so let God be our judge," she said.

However, according to today's Irish Examiner, garda security arrangements are to be put in place for a potential flashpoint between gangland members following the funeral yesterday.

There are fears that an upcoming boxing match in Dublin could spark a revenge attack for Hutch's death. The boxing match involves a club associated with a well-known Irish trafficking syndicate.

Yesterday, parish priest Fr Richard Ebejer said "evil does not overcome evil" and told the congregation they were not there to judge the circumstan- ces of Hutch's death, but to mourn.

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.

Dubliner Hutch (34) - a nephew of former criminal Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch - was gunned down outside his Spanish apartment as he returned from a morning jog two weeks ago.

His funeral Mass was held yesterday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street.

Hutch's close pal 'Fat' Freddie Thompson was a noticeable absentee, as were several other of his close associates.

Thompson's attendance was always in doubt as he is regarded as the next target of the Christy Kinahan gang.

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.

Friends took turns to carry Hutch's coffin, which featured a carved image of the Last Supper, as it made its way down the north inner city street just before 11am.

During Mass, several offertory gifts signifying Hutch's interests in life were brought to the altar including a motorcycle helmet, boxing gloves and a Dublin GAA jersey.

Also present were councillor and former Lord Mayor Christy Burke, Labour TD Joe Costello and former Dublin GAA selector Paul Caffrey, who is a garda based in the inner city.

Fr Ebejer called on the "cycle of violence" to be broken by not seeking revenge for Hutch's violent death.

He described Hutch as a "family man" who was "a great dad to his daughter".

"We are all aware of the circumstances surrounding Gary's death. We are not here to judge, but to mourn," he said.

"To those who are here, especially the young, I repeat the words of St Paul: 'Do not overcome evil by evil, but overcome evil by good'.

Mistakes

"He had a few downs in his life and made a few mistakes, but things were getting better. He loved his family."

A letter was read out on behalf of Hutch's brother, Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch, who is serving a lengthy prison term for manslaughter.

He was refused temporary release for the funeral but was allowed to view his brother's body at a funeral home on Sunday evening.

There was a visible garda presence in and around the north inner city before yesterday's Mass.

A detective unit from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) patrolled the area, while a uniformed garda stood watch at the entrance to Champions Avenue from where Hutch's body was being brought to the church.

Undercover officers kept a discreet watch on the cortege.

Dozens of locals also waited outside during the Mass, while around 50 mourners later travelled to Glasnevin Cemetery for Hutch's burial.

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