Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hutch hitman puts bullet-proof glass in 'fortress' home after Kinahan death threat

Ken Foy and  Robin Schiller

A FEARED hitman for the Hutch mob has turned his north Dublin home into a fortress complete with bulletproof windows and top grade security systems after the latest threat on his life.

The Dublin gangster has even gone as far as installing CCTV cameras at both his home and his family's home as his fears of a hit by the deadly Kinahan cartel grow.

Gangland victim Gary Hutch
Gangland victim Gary Hutch

This comes as gardai issued him with the latest official warning about a potential attempt on his life as part of the capital's deadly feud.

This is at least the third time that the 29-year-old has been warned by gardai since the brutal feud that has claimed ten lives so far, kicked off.

The feared criminal was previously the hitman of choice for the Kinahan cartel, and is the suspect in a number of murders and attempted murders on behalf of the organised crime gang.


These include the 2015 murder of Paul Kavanagh (27) - the younger brother of Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh - who was gunned down outside the Cat and Cage pub in Drumcondra.

Gardai are also confident that he was the trigger man in the murder of gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne in 2010. He was arrested in relation to the incident, but gardai did not have enough evidence to bring any formal charges.

Paul Kavanagh
Paul Kavanagh

Although the 29-year-old is linked to a number of murders, he does not have any serious convictions.

Despite his close ties to the cartel, sources stated that he was "sickened" by the murder of his close friend Gary Hutch, and subsequently became involved in a plot to take out associates of Christy Kinahan.

Gardai raided his home on the northside days after the Regency Hotel murder on February 5 this year.

The fearless criminal warned officers that the gang war between the Christy Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob would not end until Daniel Kinahan was murdered.

"We will not rest until Daniel Kinahan is dead. He caused all of this - it won't end until he is in his grave," the gunman said.

He is also a chief suspect in the murder of Ray Collins (42) in November 2006, when he was just 19-years-old. Collins was shot dead by a pillion passenger on a motorbike on Clonliffe Avenue.

The scene of the shooting on Church Avenue, inset, Paul Kavanagh
The scene of the shooting on Church Avenue, inset, Paul Kavanagh

Investigating gardai believe that the Hutch gang associate developed a personal grudge against Collins in the weeks prior to the killing, and that this may have been the motive for carrying out the murder.


In the aftermath of Gary Hutch's murder, sources revealed that the hitman refused to attend a number of meetings which the cartel attempted to organise with him because he was "disgusted and heartbroken" about what happened to his pal.

He has been mostly based in Dublin since the hotel murder but has also spent time in Northern Ireland.

Gardai believe that if the Hutch gang are to organise a "spectacular attack" on their bitter cartel rivals, this criminal will be heavily involved in organising it.

The deadly feud ignited last September following the murder of Gary Hutch, shot dead in an apartment complex in broad daylight on Spain's Costa Del Sol.

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