Tuesday 20 February 2018

‘Monk’ calls on European allies to boost gang support

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Robin Schiller

A deadly gangland feud that has claimed three lives already is set to see some of the biggest figures on the international crime scene become involved as the two sides attempt to boost their numbers

Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch is reported to be recruiting contacts across the EU, including the UK, Spain and the Netherlands as tensions escalate with Daniel Kinahan’s mob.

It emerged last week that ‘The Monk’ had met with senior drug trafficker George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell over the current feud.

Mitchell has major links with international groups, including Moroccan drug gangs and Colombian cartels, and although he never had a close relationship with Hutch it is believed they built up strong ties through mutual contacts.

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Kinahan and Liam Byrne, the brother of murdered gang member David, fled to London in an attempt to regroup.

Sources have previously warned that the most recent murders were “only the beginning”, and associates of Gerry Hutch recently issued a chilling message, stating that the feud won’t end until Daniel Kinahan is dead.

Detectives are concerned by the “hardened” attitude displayed by members of the mob connected to slain Gary Hutch, despite last week’s massive raids on the gang at 11 locations in the capital.

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Many former Kinahan associates from the north-inner city have aligned themselves with the Hutch side in disgust at the murder of Gary Hutch, whose death sparked the current feud.

One of the former associates who has cut his ties is a criminal suspected of carrying out the murders of Paul Kavanagh last year, as well as Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne in 2010, on behalf of the Kinahan cartel.

Gary Hutch was gunned down outside an apartment complex near Marbella in Spain last September, despite his family paying over €200,000 to associates of Daniel Kinahan to ensure his safety.

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