Monday 20 August 2018

Man 'well known to Ross Hutch' suspected of stabbing The Monk's nephew at his home

The scene of the assault in Dublin city. A bulletproof vest is visible in the bottom right of the photo. Inset: Ross Hutch
The scene of the assault in Dublin city. A bulletproof vest is visible in the bottom right of the photo. Inset: Ross Hutch

Robin Schiller and Jason Kennedy

An under-threat member of the Hutch family is recovering after he was stabbed at his city home.

Ross Hutch (25), who has previously been targeted in several assaults, was attacked at around 10.15pm last night in Dublin's north inner city.

The incident on Portland Place (main) The bullet proof vest (inset) Pic Steve Humphreys
The incident on Portland Place (main) The bullet proof vest (inset) Pic Steve Humphreys

Gardaí believe the nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was stabbed and received an injury to his head. However, Hutch was conscious when emergency services responded and he spoke to officers at the scene.

Detectives believe that a man well-known to Hutch was behind the attack and was at the scene when officers arrived. This man, aged in his 30s, was previously suspected of an assault on Hutch.

Detectives from Mountjoy garda station last night questioned the stab suspect about his alleged involvement in the knife attack. A bulletproof vest and a bloodied cloth were visible at the scene last night.

Hutch has been subject to a number of attacks in the past year. He was hospitalised in October after being assaulted and punched repeatedly in the face in the north inner city.

Ross Hutch
Ross Hutch

That same month, his friend was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being mowed down by a car, which was targeting Hutch.

Hutch was driven at as he walked along Sean McDermott Street. However, the car missed the 25-year-old and instead hit a bystander.

In June, the Hutch was treated for a suspected broken nose when he was attacked and headbutted by his brother, Alan, during a jail visit from a female relative.

Hutch was also assaulted in a city bookmakers last summer by the brother of an Irish soccer star, who is believed to be working with the Kinahan cartel.

Three of Ross Hutch's relatives have been murdered as part of the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud, which has so far claimed 13 lives, including his father, Eddie Hutch Snr (59).

The 59-year-old taxi driver was gunned down on Poplar Row in February 2016, while the 25-year-old's cousin Gary Hutch (34) was shot dead in Spain in 2015.

It was the killing of Gary Hutch by members of the Kinahan gang who believed he was a police informant that sparked the gangland war. Another cousin, Gareth Hutch (36), was shot dead outside the Avondale House flat complex in the north-inner city in May 2016.

Irish Independent

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