Latest gangland Kinahan-Hutch murder thwarted as gardaí foil plot to murder Monk's brother
Bid to kill Monk's brother
Gardaí foiled a gangland hit on Patsy Hutch when they arrested two men and seized a loaded gun near his home in Dublin's north inner city.
The murder bid on the Kinahan cartel target was halted when armed gardaí stopped and searched a moped and another vehicle and seized a 'kill kit'. The kit included a loaded Glock handgun, motorcycle helmet, gloves and a full can of petrol.
They arrested two men - including an associate of slain Regency gangster David Byrne - deep in Hutch mob territory on Friday night.
One of the men, aged in his twenties, was released on Sunday night without charge. A file will now be prepared for the DPP.
The second man, also aged in his twenties, remains in custody.
Patsy Hutch (55), Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's older brother, is considered the top Dublin-based target for the cartel. Gerry Hutch is currently based in Europe now due to fears for his life in Dublin.
He has survived at least two gangland hits by the Kinahan cartel in the past 18 months and as a result his home is watched 24 hours a day by gardaí.
His son Gary Hutch (34) was shot dead by the Kinahans in southern Spain in September 2015, which sparked the Hutch/ Kinahan feud. Another son - Derek 'Del Boy' (30) is serving a 10-year prison sentence for manslaughter, alongside a 16-year term for coordinating a robbery attempt.
At 10pm on Friday armed gardaí intervened in the latest bid by the cartel to take out Patsy Hutch, when they arrested a 24-year-old Kinahan associate and a 26-year-old man.
Both are from Dublin's north inner city, and were arrested after a moped was stopped by an Armed Support Unit checkpoint on the North Strand.
The arrests occurred after armed officers pursued a vehicle that turned away from the checkpoint shortly after the moped was stopped.
The vehicle was apprehended by gardaí in the vicinity of a second car, which officers suspect could have been used as a getaway car.
It's believed that the moped was acting as a spotter for the 'hit'.
Gardaí said two men in their 20s were arrested in connection with this incident and are currently detained at Mountjoy garda station under the provisions of Section 30 - Offences Against the State Act 1939.
In July of last year Patsy Hutch survived an assassination bid after a lone gunman on a bicycle approached Mr Hutch's house in the north inner city but failed to carry through with the attack.
The most recent feud victim was Michael Keogh, who was shot dead in his car on May 31. On May 10 Hutch mob associate James 'Mago' Gately was lucky to survive a hit when he was shot five times, once in the neck. The four other bullets hit his bullet-proof vest which saved his life.
Last week it emerged that the Monk's nephew Ross Hutch (24) - who has survived at least four attempts on his life in the last 18 months - was savagely attacked in a north inner city bookmakers.
The thug believed to have beaten up the Monk's nephew is understood to be working for the Kinahan cartel and is also suspected of carrying out a series of attacks on cars belonging to the Hutch family.
The same individual, who is the brother of an Irish soccer international, is also understood to have carried out last month's acid attack on a car belonging to the innocent 28-year-old daughter of Patsy Hutch.