Sunday 22 April 2018

Monk's nephew jailed after Christmas Eve car chase through capital

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A Dublin man who led gardai on a Christmas Eve car chase through the city centre has been jailed for two years.

Nathan Coakley (24) of Buckingham Street Upper, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful use of a stolen motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a knife as a weapon at Ringsend, Dublin on December 24, 2015.

Garda Bryan Hunt told Geraldine Small BL, prosecuting, that he saw Coakley, who is a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, and another male driving a stolen Hyundai i30 in the Ballsbridge area on December 24 2015.

Gda Hunt recognised the defendant and signalled for him to pull over.

The court heard a high speed chase followed, during which the stolen car broke several red lights and narrowly avoided collision with another vehicle.

“The chase ended with the Hyundai flipping over and landing upright on four wheels,” Gda Hunt said.

Coakley and another man fled the scene on foot and entered a house where a large group of young males had gathered. Gardai decided not to

pursue the men, Gda Hunt said.

A knife, two containers of petrol and a strip of paper were found in the car. The DNA on the knife matched that of the defendant, the court heard.

An arrest warrant was issued and Coakley, a father-of-one, was conveyed back to Ireland from the UK some months later.

Keith Spencer BL, defending, told the court Coakley had “never really recovered” from the death of his father, Derek Hutch, on his 16th birthday.

“His brother Alex then died in a car crash three years ago, and he is still reeling emotionally from these losses,” he said.

Mr Spencer said Coakley had a “substantial cocaine addiction” and carried out these offences while under the influence.

He said the defendant had taken steps in custody to address his addiction and regretted his actions.

Sentencing Coakley to two years in jail, Judge Martin Nolan said it was clear Coakley was someone who had “a healthy contempt” for road traffic legislation.

Judge Nolan further ordered that Coakley be disqualified from driving for a period of ten years.

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