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'Prime target' for Kinahan mob flees with his father to the North

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Patsy Hutch: Picked up his son Patrick on a motorbike outside court. Picture: Collins

Patsy Hutch: Picked up his son Patrick on a motorbike outside court. Picture: Collins

Patsy Hutch: Picked up his son Patrick on a motorbike outside court. Picture: Collins

Patrick Hutch walked free from jail yesterday, was collected by his father Patsy Hutch and drove away to a secret location - believed to be Northern Ireland.

The 26-year-old who gardaí believe was the "man in drag" during the Regency Hotel murder wore grey tracksuit bottoms and a blue jacket as he hopped on the back of his father's motorbike.

The Director of Public Prosecutions decided not to proceed with the charges of murder and firearms offences.

It's understood that gardaí met with Patrick Hutch in jail to warn him of an active threat against his life.

Senior sources said this threat was coming from associates of Regency murder victim David Byrne, who was a key member of the Kinahan cartel who murdered Patrick's brother Gary in 2015, sparking the city's deadly feud.

Detectives in the north inner city have put in place a special policing plan because of his release.

Patrick Hutch had been in the prison system since his arrest in north Dublin in May 2016 and was housed in the "protection situation" of Cloverhill Prison where he was joined by his older brother Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch (34) and many other north inner-city associates.

Patrick, who received no disciplinary sanctions during his time behind bars, spent almost three years there before his release yesterday.

The only time he was ever arrested before the Regency Hotel "lifting" was for withholding information for an incident in which he was allegedly shot as part of a claimed Kinahan cartel punishment shooting. Less than six months later, he carried his brother Gary's coffin.

When the Hutch mob struck back in a revenge attack for Gary's murder in the Regency Hotel just a few months later in February 2016, investigating gardaí believed Patrick Hutch was central to the plot and he was charged with murder and firearms offences.

These charges have now been dropped and he is a free man. But sources said the Kinahan cartel consider the young man a "prime target".

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