Sunday 22 July 2018

Murderer of Gary Hutch is jailed for 22 years

James Quinn. Photo: solarpix.com
James Quinn. Photo: solarpix.com

Gerard Couzens

Kinahan cartel killer James Quinn, who sparked the Hutch/Kinahan feud with the murder of Gary Hutch, has been jailed for 22 years for the crime.

Quinn was also ordered to pay the Hutch family €90,000 compensation following his sentencing in a Spanish court yesterday. Quinn (35), a nephew of veteran criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley, was warned last Friday after he was convicted by a jury of murdering Hutch that he faced a prison sentence of 28 years - 25 for the murder and three for a gun crime.

However, a Spanish judge yesterday handed him a sentence totalling six years fewer than the punishment state prosecutors had demanded at a court in Malaga.

Accused

Prosecutor Jose Barba had accused Dubliner Quinn at the start of his trial of being the gunman who shot Hutch in the head after chasing him round the gated estate where he lived in Miraflores near the Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola.

However, Mr Barba later gave the jury the option of convicting him of murder over the killing on September 24, 2015, as only the getaway driver and lookout.

Jurors ruled Quinn was guilty because he had been a "necessary participant".

Judge Ernesto Carlos Manzano said in a 15-page document that he was sentencing Quinn to 20 years for the murder because he had a clean record in Spain and was not the shooter.

He described the murder as "execrable" and said Quinn and the unidentified gunman deserved "deep social reprobation".

Irish Independent

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