Friday 13 December 2019

'He fell from the car, then they shot him again'

A local woman held Derek Coakley Hutch's hand as he lay slumped on the ground, reports Mark O'Regan

The burned out shell of the VW Golf believed to have been used by the killers. Pic: Mark Condren
The burned out shell of the VW Golf believed to have been used by the killers. Pic: Mark Condren

Mark O'Regan

A man last night told how his wife held the hand of murder victim Derek Coakley Hutch - and read him the last rites - after he was shot in the head in Dublin.

The shooting took place shortly after 3pm yesterday at the Bridgeview halting site near the Cloverhill Road in Clondalkin.

Detectives are convinced that the shooting is directly linked to the Kinahan/Hutch feud. If so it would be the 14th killing in the war between the two gangs.

The victim, who is not regarded as a major player in the murderous hostilities, was shot dead while he was sitting alone in a car.

Two associates, at least one believed to be a relative, were with Coakley Hutch moments before the shooting. Neither of them was injured.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, a local resident revealed that his wife rushed to help the victim moments after the shooting.

"The man was sitting in a white Toyota when she heard shots outside. They fired about six shots in total.

"One bullet went straight through the car and into the front door of a nearby house. Thankfully nobody was in at the time.

"She said the victim put his foot down on the accelerator in an attempt to get away.

"The car mounted a grass verge before coming to a stop. He just fell out the driver's side of the car before they shot him in the head.

"My wife held his hand and read him the last rites while he was on the ground.

"He may have been dead at that stage. The ambulance arrived about 10 minutes later. Gardai and the paramedics did their best to resuscitate him.

"He was waiting for two guys in the car at the time."

The area was sealed off last night while the State Pathologist and members of the Garda Technical Bureau attended the scene.

A burnt out VW Golf believed to have been used as the getaway vehicle was discovered at nearby Crag Avenue Business Park.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact the incident room.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Lucan garda station on 01-6667300, Ronanstown Garda Station on 01-6667700 or the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666 111.

Sunday Independent

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