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The car Hutch was in when it was shot in 2008 along with Freddie Thompson

The car Hutch was in when it was shot in 2008 along with Freddie Thompson

The car Hutch was in when it was shot in 2008 along with Freddie Thompson

CONVICTED criminal Gary Hutch was the intended target of an assassination attempt in Spain which left an innocent boxer with serious injuries.

Boxing coach and respected Sky Sports pundit Jamie Moore was attacked in the Spanish resort of Marbella outside a villa owned by Daniel Kinahan, son of crime boss Christy Kinahan on Saturday night.

But gardai have received intelligence that the nephew of former criminal mastermind Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was attending a party in Kinahan's house and he was the intended target of the shooting.

Moore was shot at five times and hit twice - in the leg and the foot.

Hutch previously survived after his best pal Barry Doyle was shot dead allegedly by the Russian mafia in February 2008, as part of a feud among traffickers.

Former Manchester boxer Moore had been training Matthew Macklin (32) all summer at Macklin's MGM gym in the Puerto Banus area ahead of a fight at Dublin's National Stadium on August 30. But yesterday it was announced that the fight has now been called off.

Macklin, who has no involvement in crime, is the boxer who the feared Christy Kinahan's international crime syndicate supports. Senior members of the mob are regularly seen ringside at his fights.

Yesterday in a statement, Macklin said: "I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight but in the light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do.

"Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100pc on the night is vital."

Macklin has been photographed with Gary Hutch in the past and sources say that gardai want to question Hutch about a number of serious crimes.

Hutch was sitting beside hitman pal Barry Doyle when he was shot dead in 2008.

Doyle was gunned down as he tried to escape in a BMW X5 SUV which had come under fire on the outskirts of Estepona, about 10 miles from Marbella.

Sources say that foreign gangs based in Spain have decided that Gary Hutch is a target because of his involvement in the Kianahan mob but detectives in the secretive Crime and Security section at garda headquarters have not yet fully established if this is the case.

Hutch is well-known to gardai, having served time for being a getaway driver in a jewellery heist and is a close pal of notorious criminal 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.

Before he left for Spain, Hutch was involved in a number of feuds in Dublin's north inner city and has been a target for gardai for years.

Meanwhile well respected former boxing champ Jamie Moore used his Twitter account to reveal he was recovering from the gun attack.

"Thanks for all the well wishes," he wrote.

kfoy@herald.ie


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