Tuesday 19 June 2018

Gardaí arrest under-threat criminal over feud murder of Eddie Hutch

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Ken Foy

Gardaí are quizzing a volatile criminal in connection with the feud murder of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's older brother Eddie two years ago.

The arrested man, who is in his 30s, has been the subject of a sinister graffiti campaign by the Hutch gang in recent weeks in Dublin's north inner city.

The man has been branded a "rat", which has served to stoke the deadly feud and contributed to the two latest deaths linked to it. The second anniversary of taxi driver Eddie Hutch's killing falls on Thursday.

The 58-year-old was brutally gunned down by a four-man hit team as he returned to his home at Poplar Row.

The suspect arrested yesterday was blamed by the Hutch gang for involvement in the murder, but this is the first time he has been arrested in relation to it.

Gardaí used mechanical saws to cut open a door when they raided a flat linked to the suspect shortly before 7am yesterday.

Eddie Hutch was shot dead at his home two years ago
Eddie Hutch was shot dead at his home two years ago

Sources said screaming could be heard inside the north inner city property before the suspect was arrested and led away by heavily armed gardaí.

He was taken to Mountjoy garda station, where he can be held for questioning for up to a week in relation to what was the third murder in the capital's savage feud - which has now claimed 15 lives.

Gardaí still believe that Eddie Hutch was murdered simply because he was a brother of 'The Monk'.

The last time the publicity shy 'Monk' was photographed was at his slain older brother's funeral in February 2016, when he showed up in disguise.

Two notorious hitmen, from Cabra and Finglas, have also been arrested as part of the probe.

Both have since fled abroad and they face serious charges before the courts.

The criminal arrested yesterday is suspected of playing a "major role" in the gruesome murder of Eddie. He has more than 70 convictions, including for assaulting gardaí and drug dealing. The man in custody was handed a Garda Information message recently to say there was a threat to his life.

Irish Independent

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