Cousin of feud accused in protective custody behind bars over hit fears
THE COUSIN of a prime target in the Kinahan-Hutch feud is the latest prison inmate to be put into protective custody amid fears of murder plots behind bars.
Violent criminal Patrick Gately is serving a lengthy jail sentence for holding a family hostage during a terrifying robbery
The thug is a cousin of James ‘Mago’ Gately, who was lucky to survive an assassination bid last month when he was shot five times.
Patrick Gately is doing his time in Castlerea Prison, where he also fell foul of a traveller clan, forcing authorities to put him into protection, according to sources.
Being on protection is considered to be a serious loss of face among the underworld, who pride themselves on being able to take care of themselves.
However, Gately is not the only person connected to the Hutch gang who are in protection.
Derek ‘Del Boy’ and Patrick Hutch and a number of others are currently kept on a separate unit in Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison.
The move came after a series of attacks in Mountjoy.
In October 2015, Gately was one of seven men sentenced to a total of 105 years in prison for the violent raid at the Tipperary home of Mark and Emma Corcoran. During the horrific ordeal in 2013, Mark Corcoran was beaten and threats were made to kill his children.
Gately has been attacked in prison and suffered a severe beating in Mountjoy earlier this year.
The attack is reported to have been carried out by a member of his own gang who claimed he had been talking too much about their crime.
His cousin Mago Gately (above) is considered to be a key figure in the Kinahan-Hutch feud and had been a close pal of Gary Hutch, whose murder in 2015 kicked off the feud.
The shooting of Mago Gately last month has spurred members of the Hutch faction into action.
Gately was shot five times after he parked at a petrol station in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, on May 10.
One bullet missed his spinal column by millimetres and lodged near his jaw, while another shot went through his shoulder.
The other bullets hit his body, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Since then Michael Keogh, who was laid to rest this week, was shot dead in a murder suspected to have been carried out by the Hutch faction.