Armed gardai to watch over slain gangster Gary Hutch's grave as vandalism fears loom on murder anniversary
Armed gardai will be on patrol in the vicinity of the cemetery where Gary Hutch is buried over fears his grave will be attacked on the first anniversary of his death.
Hutch (33) was shot dead a year ago today on the Costa del Sol, sparking a bitter gangland war between his associates and the Kinahan cartel. Ten people have been killed so far.
Sources said as part of a special policing plan gardai are monitoring the grave in Glasnevin Cemetery after receiving information that it may be vandalised by cartel thugs.
Armed officers will also carry out patrols in the vicinity of the cemetery in case the mob decides to target any of Hutch's family or friends who may visit his grave.
"Gardai are worried about any potential incident in the graveyard, so discreet surveillance will take place there over the weekend," a source told the Herald.
"There has been garda surveillance at Hutch's grave before, but this will definitely be stepped up this weekend because of the anniversary."
During the summer, a two-metre headstone that cost €30,000 was erected at the grave, which is in the same row as those of other Hutch family members. Ornamental boxing gloves and a replica sports car feature on the gravestone. It was reportedly paid for by Hutch's uncle, Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch (53).
The Monk is not expected back in the capital for his nephew's anniversary - he remains in hiding from the cartel in continental Europe.
Gary Hutch's father, Patrick 'Paddy' Hutch Snr (55), a brother of Gerry Hutch, is being protected round-the-clock by gardai as a result of two serious threats on his life in July.
Checkpoints have been placed near his home on Champions Avenue, and he is rarely seen in public.
In July, the Herald revealed that a lone gunman on a bicycle approached his house but failed to carry out his planned attack.
Paddy Hutch Snr was previously arrested and questioned for several days by detectives investigating the feud. He was later released without charge.
There were dramatic developments last week in the investigation into his son's murder, with the arrest in Spain of Dublin criminal and cartel enforcer James Quinn (34).
Quinn remains locked up on remand in a Spanish jail as det- ectives and a judge investigate his alleged role in the murder.
It has emerged that Spanish police arrested Quinn - a nephew of Martin 'Viper' Foley - after tracking a mobile phone found in a getaway car.
Details of Quinn's arrest were announced 10 days ago when gardai and Spanish police carried out a number of raids against the cartel, including at a house linked to Quinn in Dublin's Basin Street area.