Thursday 22 March 2018

Young man charged with unlawful possession of handgun in connection with Hutch murder investigation

Gardai investigating the death of Gareth Hutch last week
Gardai investigating the death of Gareth Hutch last week

Andrew Phelan

A young man has been charged with unlawful possession of a handgun in connection with the Gareth Hutch murder investigation.

Thomas Fox (29) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning and had his case adjourned to later this afternoon for a bail hearing.

He is the second person to be charged following the gangland killing of Mr Hutch, who was shot dead outside a flat complex in Dublin’s north inner city last week.

Yesterday, Mary McDonnell (44) was remanded in custody after she was charged with failing to disclose information to investigating gardai.

A third person who was arrested is still being questioned by gardai over the murder. Mr Hutch (35), a father-of-one, is believed to have been the seventh victim of a feud between the rival Kinahan and Hutch gangs.

A nephew of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch, he died after he was shot on North Cumberland Street on May 24.

Mr Fox had been detained since he handed himself in to gardai at Mountjoy Station hours after the shooting last week.

Mr Fox, of Rutland Court, Dublin 1 is charged with unlawful possession of a Makarov 9mm handgun. The offence, under Section 27a of the Firearms Act, is alleged to have happened at Avondale House on May 23.

This morning, Detective Sergeant Robert O'Reilly said he arrested the defendant for the purpose of charge at Mountjoy Station yesterday at 7.17pm.

When charged later, he replied after caution: "I have nothing to say."

He was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Det Sgt O'Reilly said he would be objecting to bail, while defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said she would be making an application.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case to hear the application later today.

The accused, wearing a black and red top and black tracksuit bottoms, did not address the court.

Yesterday, Ms McDonnell, of Avondale House, North Cumberland Street appeared in the same court charged with failing without reasonable excuse to disclose information to the gardai.

The charge states that she failed to do so “ as soon as was practicable” and it was information she knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any other person for a serious offence.

The offence is alleged to have happened at another address at Avondale House on May 24 last.

She was remanded in custody for a week after no bail application was made on her behalf.

Mr Hutch had been getting into his car in the car park of the Avondale House flats at around 10am when two men approached him. Mr Hutch was shot several times and fatally injured.

The two fled the scene. 

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