The victims of the deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud
Yesterday's murder was the fifth killing the feud - but who are the victims
The murder of Gary Hutch (34) at 11.30am on September 24 last was the first slaying of the feud and it kicked off the gang warfare that has now claimed five lives.
Hutch was chased around a swimming pool in a private apartment complex by a gunman in a balaclava before he was gunned down at the Angel de Miraflores complex, near Marbella.
It is understood that the reason for his murder is that his former associates had suspected that Gary was a garda informer. It later emerged that Gary’s uncle Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch had organised the payment of €200,000 to the Kinahan cartel to spare his life and allow him to “retire”.
David Byrne (34) became the second victim of the feud when he was shot dead in the Regency Hotel gun attack on February 5. His murder and the non-fatal shooting of two of his pals was believed to be revenge for the Gary Hutch murder five months earlier.
Five killers stormed the hotel including one disguised as a woman and three as gardai, armed with AK-47’s.
Gardai believe that cartel boss Daniel Kinahan was the primary target of the assassination team but he escaped unharmed, so his associates were then targeted.
Eddie Hutch (58) was shot dead at his home in Dublin’s north inner city on the night of February 8.
He was murdered in a revenge attack for the Regency Hotel shooting where gangster David Byrne was shot dead three days earlier.
Considered to be a soft target, Eddie (above) was targeted because he was a brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.
Immediately after the
murder, the four-man murder team escaped from Hutch’s home at Poplar Row in a silver S-series ’06 BMW car which was abandoned at St Patrick’s Parade.
The four killers ran from the BMW to a Toyota Landcruiser and sped from the scene.
Gardai believe the Kinahan cartel are responsible for the murder of Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan (55) at 5.45pm on March 23 in Ratoath, Co Meath.
Notorious cigarette smuggler ‘Kingsize’ knew his life was under threat because of his long friendship with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.
He was shot a number of times in his car at his home in The Old Mill housing estate in Ratoath.
A man in dark clothing was seen fleeing the scene and ran to a dark-coloured BMW on Fairyhouse Road before the car sped a short distance away and was then burnt out.
Martin O’Rourke, in his mid 20s, was shot dead at around 12.30pm yesterday in Sheriff Street in the north inner city in a case of mistaken identity.
Gardai believe the intended target was Hutch gang associate Keith Murtagh (32), who was in the area at the time of the murder.
Murtagh was previously jailed for his role in a botched cash-in-transit robbery and was not injured in yesterday’s shooting.
The gunman fired at least six shots before escaping on a bicycle which he abandoned nearby. He was dressed in black, had a scarf covering his face and is described as being of strong build.
The victim was taken to the Mater Hospital but pronounced dead there an hour later.