Monday 20 November 2017

Son of Eddie Hutch Snr not granted compassionate leave for father's funeral

The scene at Poplar Row, inset Edward Hutch
The scene at Poplar Row, inset Edward Hutch
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

The son of Eddie Hutch Snr will not be granted compassionate leave for his father's funeral later next week.

Alan Hutch (33), one of Eddie's five children, is currently being held in the Training Unit of Mountjoy Prison.

The nephew of former crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was caged for eight years in 2013 after he threatened to kill three Gardaí claiming he had a grenade.

At the time he was also serving a suspended sentence of four years for a 2009 robbery and assaulting a garda.

Hutch, of Sherrard Street Lower, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery on Drumcondra Road on August 27, 2012 and to assaulting Garda Sergeant Charlie Armstrong during the same incident.

He attempted to bite the garda after he was arrested for a robbery he had just committed on another man.

He also pleaded guilty to car theft, dangerous driving, and damaging a garda car during a high-speed chase around north Dublin on October 1, 2012. He admitted escaping from lawful custody at the Mater Hospital on the same date.

Hutch admitted to stealing a BMW while the owner was at the boot of the car on Parnell Street. He then drove at speeds in excess of 135kph in built-up areas around the north inner city, breaking red lights, driving along the wrong side of the road and ramming garda patrol cars.

Alan Hutch Pic Collins Courts
Alan Hutch Pic Collins Courts

Hutch, who has 48 previous convictions, was arrested a week after escaping from custody in the Mater Hospital. He later committed an armed robbery with a knife in Dublin City Centre. 

Despite his behavior he has been described as a model inmate and has stayed out of trouble since his jail term began. He was transferred to the Training Unit for good behaviour in 2014.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said they could not comment on individual cases. 

However, sources have revealed he won’t be released for security reasons.

“Tensions are very high at the moment and he won’t be let out for the safety of Prison Service officers. Someone would have to be chained to him and there is a credible threat that he may be harmed,” said a source.

Dublin central General Election Candidate Christy Burke has hit out at the ruling and said he is writing to the Minister for Justice to demand that Hutch be allowed to attend his fathers funeral.

“It is a disgrace that he wouldn't be let out. He is a model prisoner he has never caused any problems and he isn't a flight risk. He should be allowed to pay his respects to his father. I am writing to the minister ”

Eddie Hutch Snr (58), a brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was shot up to nine times in his north inner city home at Popular Row earlier this week.

His death has been linked to a bitter feud between members of the Hutch crime syndicate and the Kinahan drug cartel.

Sources have said it is highly unlikely that Eddies nephew, armed robber Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch will be allowed compassionate leave for his uncles funeral either.

He is currently in a special protection wing in Wheatfield Prison where he is considered to be a target for associates of the Kinahan Cartel.

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