Friday 23 March 2018

Man wanted over Gareth Hutch murder will be extradited from UK

Jonathan Keogh is in a UK jail
Jonathan Keogh is in a UK jail
Michael Keogh

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An alleged killer wanted in connection with a gangland murder in Dublin will be extradited back from the UK, it can be revealed.

Jonathan Keogh (31) was apprehended in the early hours of June 11 after a surveillance operation by the National Crime Agency.

He is wanted by Irish authorities in connection with the murder of Gareth Hutch (35) last year.

Mr Keogh was found hiding out in Romford, Essex, after applying for a passport online and arrested by officers, it is said.

Victim Gareth Hutch
Victim Gareth Hutch

He had fled Ireland following the gun murder in front of Mr Hutch's young son in May 2016.

Mr Keogh appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on August 10 and was told he will be extradited to Ireland.

He has two weeks to appeal the extradition order imposed by District Judge Richard Blake.

A European Arrest Warrant for Mr Keogh was issued late last year.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in Ireland has ruled he should be charged with murder.

Mr Keogh's sister, mum-of-five Regina Keogh (39) appeared at the Dublin District Court in June charged with the murder of Mr Hutch.

It is believed that Gareth Hutch was a victim in the Kinahan and Hutch feud.

Mr Hutch, the nephew of gang boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was gunned down just four weeks after carrying his uncle Eddie's coffin after he too was murdered.

The murder of Eddie was in retaliation to the execution of Kinahan henchman David Byrne three days previously when gunme, dreesed as gardaí and carrying AK47s, stormed the Regency Hotel in North Dublin during a boxing weigh in.

Gareth's brother Patrick Hutch Jnr was charged with Byrne's murder and will face a non-jury Special Criminal Court in January 2018.

His cousin, Gary (34) was shot dead in Spain in 2015 by members of the Kinahan gang who believed he was a police informant sparking the war that has left 12 dead.

The Kinahan mob is also believed to be behind the murder of The Monk's long-time associate Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan who was shot dead on March 25 last year outside his home.

Jonathan and Regina Keogh's brother Michael was shot dead as he sat in his car in May.

Michael Keogh 1 (Read-Only).JPG
Michael Keogh

Keogh is the third person to be charged with the murder of Gareth Hutch along with his sister and Thomas Fox (29) who appeared in court earlier this year also charged with the murder.

He will face trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Keogh has two weeks to appeal the extradition order imposed at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 10 August.

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