Wednesday 17 January 2018

Exclusive: Kinahan 'gun-for-hire' arrested over gangland murder of taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr

Well-known gangster also linked to murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan

The scene of Eddie Hutch Snr's murder
The scene of Eddie Hutch Snr's murder

Cathal McMahon and Ken Foy

A senior member of the Kinahan cartel has been arrested in connection with the murder of taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr.

The well-known gangster was arrested by senior detectives from Mountjoy garda station this afternoon.

He can now be questioned for up to seven days about the tit-for-tat murder of taxi driver Hutch (59) on February 8. can reveal that the North Dublin criminal, who is in his 30s, is also a suspect in the murder of cigarette smuggler Noel ‘Kinsize’ Duggan (56) and was linked to a previous high-profile gangland murder bid.

Noel Duggan: murdered
Noel Duggan: murdered

A second man was arrested this evening in connection with the murder of the taxi driver.

Last week it emerged that the criminal terrified gym staff when he demanded subscription refunds for four of his associates who are either on-the-run or locked up.

There were terrified when he stormed into the Dublin northside gym and threatened two female members of staff.

Gardaí have confirmed that the man was arrested earlier today in the Dublin area and is currently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at Mountjoy Garda Station.

He can be questioned for up to seven days under the legislation.

The suspected hitman has been warned about an active threat against his life because of his suspected role in the murders, but he abused detectives when they issued him with the formal notice two months ago.

He was arrested in late March by gardai who were carrying out searches in relation to the feud murder of Eddie Hutch Snr.

He was released from garda custody after being detained for obstructing a search.

Taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr, a brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, was shot dead in retaliation for the Regency Hotel attack just three days earlier.

During the Regency attack hitmen, dressed as gardai and armed with AK47s, stormed the hotel during a boxing weigh-in and killed key Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne (34)

The murders of Duggan, innocent addict Martin O’Rourke (24) and dissident Michael Barr (35) have all been linked to the ongoing gang war.

The feud’s first victim was Gary Hutch (34).  A nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, Gary Hutch was lured to a meeting with former associates in Marbella, Spain last September.

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