Saturday 21 September 2019

'Hit team' given more than 36 years over plot to kill 'Patsy' Hutch

Glen Thompson
Glen Thompson
Gary Thompson
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A three-man "hit-for-hire team" in the planned gangland murder of a member of the Hutch family have been given combined jail time of 36 and a half years.

Brothers Glen and Gary Thompson were each sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison, while accomplice Robert Browne was jailed for 11 and a half years for possessing weapons with intent to endanger life.

The three were caught with a sub-machine gun and three handguns in a van in an underground car park 250 metres from the home of the planned "target", Patrick 'Patsy' Hutch.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said when gardaí intervened "the use of multiple deadly weapons was close at hand" after "lengthy preparations for the planned murder of Mr Hutch".

The accused were charged with possession of four firearms with intent to endanger life at Belmont Hall Apartments, Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, on March 10, 2018.

Gary Thompson (34), of Plunkett Green, Finglas, Dublin 11, Glen Thompson (23), of Plunkett Drive, Finglas, and Browne (35), of Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, had pleaded guilty.

Mr Justice Hunt said the crime had arisen in the context of an "organised plan to murder" Mr Hutch.

"Numerous loaded highly dangerous and effective weapons" were seized, and "financial gain was the motivation" in the crime, he said.

None of the accused could be characterised as a high-level organiser, but they were clearly prepared to assist extensively.

The firearms had "enormous potential for death and destruction" and the accused were prepared to be "intimately involved in" the planned killing.

The principal mitigation for all three was their guilty pleas.

Browne was given a further discount for admissions he had made to gardaí.

The judge congratulated gardaí on the successful conclusion of an "undoubtedly difficult and dangerous operation".

The sentences were all backdated to March 10, 2018.

Previously, Det Supt David Gallagher said in audio recordings there was a conversation with references to "the cartel" and money and at one point Browne said: "I'll get you 15 grand on this."

Glen Thompson was heard saying "I'll give you the Makarov", while Browne said: "I'll take the little small one… you take the 38."

Browne was a former soldier and this may have been relevant in his recruitment, Mr Justice Hunt said.

Glen Thompson, a scaffolder, had struggled after both his father and brother were the victims of separate shootings, his barrister said.

Gary Thompson, also a scaffolder and a father of four, was particularly close to his mother and felt shame and embarrassment at the trouble he had brought upon her.

Irish Independent

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