Tuesday 19 June 2018

Hutch murder accused 'was overheard making threat to kill', trial told

Gareth Hutch was killed after being shot four times
Gareth Hutch was killed after being shot four times

Eimear Cotter

A man accused of murdering Gareth Hutch was overheard making a threat that he was going to kill him, a trial has heard.

Jonathan Keogh (31) was allegedly involved in a "heated exchange" with Hutch the day before the killing, but it appeared to end with both parties shaking hands.

Later that day, Mr Keogh was allegedly overheard expressing his intention to kill Hutch, the nephew of Gerry Hutch.

Mr Keogh, his sister Regina Keogh (41) and Thomas Fox (31) have all pleaded not guilty before the Special Criminal Court to the murder of Hutch.

Mr Fox, of Rutland Court, Dublin 1, also pleaded not guilty to possessing a Makarov handgun.

Gareth Hutch was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street, Dublin, on May 24, 2016.

In his opening address, the prosecution said the "brutal and callous murder" was not a "spur of the moment attack" but was "pre-meditated".

The prosecution said the three co-accused had "their own part to play in bringing about the killing of Mr Hutch".

The court heard that Mr Keogh, of Gloucester Place, Dublin 1, was one of the two gunmen, together with another man known as Mr AB.

He said the evidence of Mary McDonnell, who had a flat at Avondale House, would be important as the accused had gathered in her home in the hours before the murder.

Around 10.40pm on the night before the killing, Mr Burns said Mr Fox and Mr Keogh arrived at Ms McDonnell's flat and produced two handguns and silencers. She was asked for wipes to clean the guns and for plastic bags to put them in.

The prosecution said the men left Ms McDonnell's flat and the evidence would be that Ms Keogh arrived a short time later with rubber gloves.

On the day of the killing, Mr Burns said Mr Keogh and Mr AB arrived at Ms McDonnell's flat and got the rubber gloves.

The court was told that shortly after 10am on May 24, Mr Keogh and Mr AB left Ms McDonnell's flat and ran up to Hutch as he was getting into his car. He was shot four times.

The trial is expected to last five weeks.

Irish Independent

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