Woman accused of withholding info in Hutch murder probe excused from court

Gareth Hutch
Gareth Hutch

A 43-YEAR-OLD woman accused of withholding information from gardai investigating the murder of Gareth Hutch in Dublin, was excused from attending a court hearing today.

Father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch, was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats,where he lived, on North Cumberland Street in inner city Dublin, on the morning of May 24.

Mary McDonnell with an address at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street is charged with failing without reasonable excuse to disclose information to the gardai, as soon as was practicable, information she knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any other person for a serious offence.

The charge is under Section 9 of the Offences Against the State Act and the offence is alleged to have happened at an address at Avondale House on May 24 last.

Her case was before Dublin District Court again on Tuesday but she was not present. She had been excused from having to attend, her barrister Edel Gilligan said.

Judge Anthony Halpin granted an adjournment until a date in the new year for directions from the DPP to be obtained. He remanded her on continuing bail in her absence. He acceded to a request from the defence barrister not to read out the defendant's next court hearing date in open court.

Garda Sgt Enda O'Sullivan, the prosecuting officer, was then given a note with the next court date.

At her first hearing, on May 31, Garda Sgt O'Sullivan told the court the woman, who has been granted legal aid, “made no reply to the charge after caution”. She had then consented to going into custody on remand but she was granted bail two weeks later.

A second man is also before the court on a charge connected to Mr Hutch's death. Thomas Fox, who has an address at Rutland Court, in north inner city Dublin, was charged with unlawful possession of of a Makarov 9mm handgun at Avondale House on May 23, a day before the shooting.

The charge is contrary to section 27A of the Firearms Act which can carry a sentence of up to 14 years.

He will face his next hearing later this month.