Saturday 16 December 2017

Watch: Kinahan target Ross Hutch beaten up as he eats lunch in city centre hotel

Garda detectives eating their lunch intervene to arrest suspect

Ross Hutch tries to hide his face as he runs into the road to avoid photographers while leaving Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts
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This is the moment gangland target Ross Hutch was viciously attacked in a city centre hotel in the middle of the day.

The 24-year-old, who won €33,000 in cash and prizes on RTE’s Winning Streak last year, was sitting eating lunch in a hotel last week when another man walked into the restaurant.

The video footage shows the assailant launch a vicious attack on Hutch.

Independent.ie has learned that a number of garda detectives were in the restaurant at the same time and they arrested a man.

The suspect was questioned at Store Street garda station about the attack.

Mr Hutch has been repeatedly warned that his life is under threat since his father Eddie (58) was gunned down by the Kinahan cartel last February at their home in the North Inner city.

Mr Hutch has spent much of the last six months hiding out in hotels and hostels under a false name.

He was close by when his cousin Gareth Hutch was shot dead in Dublin last May.

The nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch appeared on Winning Streak in September 2015 where he scooped €33,000 for his brother Edward Jnr.

But since then the family has been struck by several tragedies starting with the murder of cousin Gary

Hutch is currently before the courts charged in connection with the theft of a man's iPhone worth €875 at Marino Mart in October.

During a hearing a judge made an order barring Mr Hutch from the Clontarf, Fairview and Marino areas.

He held that a request to order him to obey a curfew was “a little excessive”. In relation to an application for him to sign on regularly at a Garda station, the defence said that Mr Hutch has “huge personal security difficulties”.

Judge Anthony Halpin agreed that ordering him to sign on may well jeopardise his security and he refused to make that a condition of bail.

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