Trial over murder that started feud to begin in Spain
A Spanish criminal court will today begin hearing evidence in the trial of the murder that was the catalyst for the bloody Hutch/Kinahan feud.
James Quinn, from Dublin, a nephew of Martin 'The Viper' Foley, faces trial over the Costa del Sol murder of Gary Hutch, nephew of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch, on September 24, 2015.
Mr Quinn, who has also been questioned over the unsolved 2014 shooting of innocent former boxer Jamie Moore, insists he has been wrongly identified as the gunman who killed Hutch outside his home near Fuengirola.
Prosecutors in Spain have warned they will seek to have him jailed for life if convicted in Malaga.
Hutch (34) was killed after being chased around a residential estate and shot in the head and chest.
The murder set in train a vendetta which has so far led to the murder of at least 15 people, in Ireland and internationally.
An eight-page indictment against Mr Quinn claims he shot Hutch on the orders of an "unknown person". It said he had a getaway driver who has so far been unidentified.
"Once there, while his companion or companions waited inside the vehicle, the accused got inside the residential estate," it said.
"After replacing the baseball cap he was wearing for a balaclava to avoid being recognised, he waited for Gary in the estate car park armed with a nine-millimetre Glock 26 semi-automatic pistol whose serial number had been erased and a .45 semi-automatic Colt 1911 pistol, neither of which he was licensed to carry."
It alleges that as Gary Hutch approached his vehicle moments later, the accused began to shoot at him in a surprise attack.
"Initially the victim was able to flee towards the inside of the estate but the accused chased him and fired more than 15 shots.
"Finally the accused caught up with him when Gary was on the ground and virtually motionless because of the bullets he had been hit with.
"Giving him almost no chance of defending himself, he shot him twice in the head from close range and killed him instantly."