Wednesday 21 February 2018

Wanted man arrested by UK police in probe into gangland murder of Gareth Hutch

Feud victim Gareth Hutch
Feud victim Gareth Hutch

Robin Schiller

UK police have arrested a 31-year-old Irishman who gardaí want to question in relation to the gangland feud murder of Gareth Hutch last year.

Jonathan Keogh, whose brother was also shot dead last month, was detained in Essex in the early hours of yesterday by elite officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The London police officers were acting on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by gardaí in recent weeks.

Several unmarked police vehicles and undercover officers were involved in the large operation, which resulted in the Dubliner being detained in the Romford area of Essex.

The arrest was carried out shortly before 1am yesterday.

Mr Keogh was last night being held at a London police station.

A Garda spokesman said: "The NCA, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and the London Metropolitan Police, have this morning arrested a 31-year-old man in the Romford area of Essex in the UK on foot of a European Arrest Warrant."

Gareth Hutch (35), who was a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was shot dead as part of the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud.

The father-of-one had raised fears over his personal security with Dublin City Council officials in the weeks before he was shot dead by two people.

Mr Keogh's brother Michael was shot dead in the north-inner city last month, in a murder linked to the feud.

Michael Keogh (37) was not considered to be directly involved in the feuding. His funeral will take place in the north-inner city this morning, with a heavy armed garda presence expected at the ceremony.

Members of the Armed Support Unit, as well as local armed detectives and uniformed gardaí, will be on duty during the service on Sean McDermott Street to prevent any potential attacks from the opposing faction.

Mr Keogh became the 12th victim of the deadly Hutch/Kinahan feud when he was shot dead in his car in the underground car park at the Sheridan Court flats complex early on the morning of Wednesday, May 31.

Father-of-two Keogh had just started a new job in construction. While not considered a major criminal, he was linked to the so-called New INLA faction, which has aligned itself with the Kinahan cartel.

Keogh was found in his car in the car park by a council worker shortly before 10am. A car was found burnt-out on Clonliffe Avenue at 7.30am and a handgun with a silencer attached was found in this vehicle, which gardaí believe was used as the getaway car.

Irish Independent

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