Tuesday 11 December 2018

Murder accused swore on baby's life he did not kill Gareth Hutch

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Alison O'Riordan

A man accused of murdering Gareth Hutch swore on his baby daughter's life and told his ex-girlfriend he had not killed him, a trial has heard.

Denise King said she knew there was a threat on the life of her ex-boyfriend, Jonathan Keogh, when his sister visited her soon after the killing and asked her to bring an envelope of cash to him in Belfast. She later counted the cash and there was €2,000.

Ms King was giving evidence before the Special Criminal Court in the trial of two men and a woman charged with the murder of Mr Hutch.

Mr Keogh (32), his sister Regina Keogh (41) and Thomas Fox (31) have denied the murder of Mr Hutch on May 24, 2016. Mr Hutch (36) was shot dead outside Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street.

It is the State's case that Mr Keogh, of Gloucester Place, Dublin 1, threatened to kill Mr Hutch the evening before the shooting.

It is alleged Mr Fox, of Rutland Court, Dublin 1, and Ms Keogh, of Avondale House, were instrumental in planning the murder, and Mr Keogh and another man were the shooters.

Ms King said she had been in a relationship with Mr Keogh but it ended in November 2015.

They had no contact until March 2016, a week before she gave birth to their daughter.

The court heard Ms King met Mr Keogh in a pub in Belfast on May 24, 2016.

Ms King said another woman organised a hotel room for her and Mr Keogh that night.

When they went to the room, Ms King said she asked Mr Keogh whether he shot Mr Hutch. He swore on the baby's life that he didn't do it. Ms King "left it at that" and gave him the money.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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