Sunday 25 February 2018

Gardai fear Kinahan cartel are planting tracking devices to monitor innocent members of Hutch family

Victim Gareth Hutch
Victim Gareth Hutch

Ken Foy

Gardai fear the Kinahan cartel are using tracking devices to monitor the movements of innocent members of the Hutch family.

A number of cars belonging to Hutch family members have been examined by gardai.

In the latest incident, a completely innocent 65-year-old woman, who is connected to feud murder victim Gareth Hutch, is suspected of having a tracker device placed under her car.

CCTV images from the woman’s north inner city home showed a young man underneath her car with a flashlight.

Gardai from the Bridewell Station were nearby, but it is not known if they witnessed the incident.

However, when officers were made aware of what had happened, they took the woman’s car on Sunday to be forensically examined.

Christy Kinahan
Christy Kinahan

The car was returned to the woman on Thursday.

Sources close to the woman say they are “unhappy” with the security provisions around her home.

“Gardai were nearby yet that fella was able to get underneath her car and he has not been arrested,” a source said.

“Then that woman’s car was seized. It’s not fair, is it? She is not involved in any way in any of this stuff.”

Gareth Hutch died of multiple gunshot injuries after he was shot outside his home.

The father-of-one (35), lived at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, Dublin 1, last May 24 .

It has also emerged that this is the second time that the woman’s car has been examined by gardai investigating the feud because of suspected trackers being placed on it.

It is believed that the cartel do not want to murder the woman but are trying to get a trace on her car so they can pinpoint the movements of individuals close to her.

These include associates of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch’s innocent brother, John Hutch.

In early September, he survived an assassination attempt when up to six shots were fired at his home.

John Hutch’s son, Jonathan, survived a botched hit in Spain two weeks before that shooting.

He told police in Majorca that he believed he was the intended target of a gunman who shot and killed innocent father-of-three Trevor O’Neill in a case of mistaken identity on August 17 in Costa de la Calma, near Santa Ponsa.

A number of innocent members of the Hutch family have been targeted by the Kinahan cartel in the continuing feud which has so far claimed 10 lives.

The Monk’s brother Eddie Hutch, a taxi driver, was gunned down in his north inner city home last February.

It is believed that the cartel is targeting anyone with the Hutch family name or with links to The Monk. Another brother, Paddy Hutch, who lives in north Dublin, is also under constant garda surveillance due to fears for his life.

Meanwhile, a man is due before Dublin District Court this morning after an M70 assault rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition were seized by gardai.

The bust happened at a residence in the north inner city on Wednesday night after gardai received an anonymous phone call.

Gardai have not yet established which faction the weapon belonged to, but “all the indications” are that it was controlled by the cartel.

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