Tuesday 20 February 2018

Robber warned gardai: 'I'll detonate grenade'

Alan Hutch Pic Collins Courts
Alan Hutch Pic Collins Courts

Declan Brennan

A man who claimed to have a grenade and threatened to kill three gardai with it before assaulting them has received an eight-year jail sentence.

Alan Hutch (30) was on bail for separate offences including a violent robbery and dangerous driving when he assaulted the gardai last November. He was also serving a suspended sentence of four years for robbery and assaulting a garda in 2009.

Hutch, of Sherrard St Lower, Dublin city, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery on Drumcondra road on August 27, 2012, and to assaulting a garda during the same incident. Hutch was granted bail on August 28.

He also pleaded guilty to car theft, dangerous driving, and damaging a garda car during a high-speed chase around north Dublin city on October 1, 2012.

He admitted escaping from lawful custody at the Mater Hospital on the same date.

Hutch, who has 48 previous convictions, was arrested a week after escaping from custody. He was then charged and granted bail on November 1.

On November 12 he carried out an attempted robbery on the Ink World shop on Dorset Street. Hutch pleaded guilty to production of a knife during the attempted robbery. He also admitted to threatening to kill the three gardai and to assault causing harm of gardai Ciaran Kavanagh and Conor Mackey.

The owner of the shop, a Chinese man, ran from the shop and pulled the front shutters down, locking Hutch inside.

Garda Joe Gavin said that Hutch told the three gardai: "I will f***ing kill youse if you don't let me out of here". Hutch then came running at them and gardai pepper sprayed him.

Hutch then told gardai he had a grenade in his pocket and that he was going to detonate it and "kill us all". He put a knife to his neck and said he would kill himself. Officers eventually managed to disarm Hutch after he had bitten Gda Kavanagh and Gda Mackey.

Sean Gillane, SC, defending, said his client had learning disabilities. Judge Martin Nolan suspended the last 18 months of an eight-year sentence on the condition that Hutch keep the peace and engage with the Probation Services. He also banned him from driving for a period of three years from the date of his release from prison.

Irish Independent

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