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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

FORMER underworld crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch is among some of Europe's most notorious criminals who are trying to have their pasts wiped from Wikipedia.

The Dublin criminal hasn't been convicted of a criminal offence since the 1980s and is now appearing to use Google's new 'right to be forgotten' ruling.

Hutch, who made a IR£1.2m settlement to the Criminal Assets Bureau, appears to be trying to use a controversial European court ruling earlier this year which forces search engines like Google to delete stored information about individuals at their request.

'The Monk' got his name from the fact he neither drinks, smokes nor takes drugs.

He remains the chief suspect for the Marino Mart robbery in 1997 and the 1996 Brinks Allied raid. The proceeds, more than IR£4m, have never been found.

Wikimedia Foundation, founders of the Wikipedia online "encyclopedia" confirmed that Google is in the process of deleting 50 links to information on its website - including the biographies and background information on the famous and infamous alike.

A quick Google search last night revealed that Mr Hutch's apparent request to be deleted from Wikipedia is ongoing.

"This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy," says a disclaimer above Mr Hutch's biography which reads: "Gerry Hutch (born 1963) is an Irish criminal, nicknamed The Monk because he pursues clean living and follows religious beliefs, leading a "disciplined, ascetic lifestyle" after leaving prison in 1985.

"He has been active within Dublin's inner city community, working with disadvantaged children and encouraging them not to take drugs."

The only reference to his criminal past is in the 'Early Life' category which claims that his "career" began at the age of 10 when he joined the "Bugsy Malone Gang" of inner city youngsters who would "jump over bank counters, grab whatever cash they could and run out the door".

ROBBERIES

"He was later part of a gang involved in major robberies and received many convictions between 1970 and 1983 intermittently spending time in prison," the biography claims.

Meanwhile, Google revealed it has received more than 91,000 "takedown" requests to delete 328,000 links since the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in May.

To date, about half of the requests have been granted.

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