Saturday 18 November 2017

Alan Hutch seeks release from Mountjoy after suspended sentences ruling

Alan Hutch is seeking release from Mountjoy Jail. Photo: Collins Courts
Alan Hutch is seeking release from Mountjoy Jail. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

An application for the release of jailed Alan Hutch, whose father Eddie Hutch Senior was among the victims of the gangland feud still raging in inner city Dublin, has been adjourned pending a High Court decision tomorrow.

Hutch argues he is entitled to be freed following the striking down last month by Mr Justice Michael Moriarty of Section 99(9) and 99(10) of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 which govern the powers of the courts to activate suspended sentences.

Hutch (33), according to court documents, has been detained in the medical unit of Mountjoy Prison for his own protection since his father was shot dead in February.

He was jailed for eight years in 2013 arising from incidents in 2012 during which he threatened to kill three gardaí.

At that time, he was serving a suspended four-year sentence for a 2009 robbery and assaulting a garda. His was among six similar release applications mentioned to Mr Justice Seamus Noonan yesterday.

The judge adjourned all six cases to await judgment by Mr Justice Paul McDermott tomorrow on an application by another prisoner for his release.

That judgment is expected to address a range of issues raised in many of the cases brought by about 20 prisoners seeking release on foot of the Moriarty ruling.

Alan Hutch is a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and a cousin of Gareth Hutch (35), who was shot dead on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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