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Cartel on the hunt for ‘Tossy’ Fox

Thomas 'Tossy' Fox
Thomas 'Tossy' Fox

GARETH HUTCH murder accused Thomas ‘Tossy’ Fox was stabbed in Mountjoy Prison because he would not hand over a garda ‘book of evidence’ to Kinahan-linked criminals, investigators now believe.

Initially, prison officials did not believe Fox was the primary target of the knife attack and were convinced convicted killer Michael Taylor was the target.

However, multiple sources have now confirmed the attack was ordered by Kinahan Cartel associates who had been pressuring Fox to hand over the garda ‘book of evidence’ served on him in February. It is believed the gangland criminals wanted to know if he ‘named names’ during garda interviews.

The book of evidence contains statements Fox made during formal interviews with gardaí after he handed himself in at Mountjoy Garda Station in the aftermath of the killing of Gareth Hutch.

Fox (29), is on remand in Mountjoy Prison awaiting trial in the Special Criminal Court charged with murdering the 35-year-old nephew of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, who was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street in Dublin on the morning of May 24 last year.

The Sunday World also understands that Fox has been disowned by the New INLA group he was formerly linked to.

Fox and his ‘step-brother’ Mick Taylor both received serious knife injuries during a flick-knife attack in a cell on the A3 landing in Mountjoy at 11am on Monday morning.

Initially it had been claimed that Taylor had become a target after he ‘vouched’ for another inmate who had come on to the landing, but sources say they are now satisfied Fox was the primary target.

“Fox was coming under serious pressure to hand over his book of evidence to Kinahan associates on the A-Wing,” a source told The Sunday World.

“They have long viewed him with suspicion.”

During the attack on Monday, Fox received a number of stab wounds, including knife wounds to the back and face stretching from his right eye back to his ear.

Mick Taylor, who sustained knife injuries to his back, is understood to have intervened in a bid to save Fox. Taylor received a number of puncture wounds to the back which required surgery on his arrival in the Mater Hospital.

Michael Taylor

Taylor is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Paul Kelly (26), at an apartment block in Clontarf, Dublin, in August 2007.

His father, Michael Taylor Snr, was shot dead in 2011 in an unsolved murder linked to his son’s crimes. Although Taylor and Fox are not related by blood, they are considered to be ‘almost step-brothers’ as Taylor’s deceased father was previously in a relationship with Thomas Fox’s mother.

It is understood the incident was only partially captured on CCTV as it happened inside a cell, but the sole suspect in the attack is another inmate on the wing, Dean Teeling, who was not previously thought to be aligned with the Kinahan group.

Teeling, from Cappagh Avenue in Finglas, Dublin is serving an eight-year sentence for several vicious blade attacks – including slashing a French tourist’s face from his ear to his mouth.

His 81 previous convictions include thefts, robberies, criminal damage and firearms and drugs offences. Dublin Circuit Court heard in November 2015 that Teeling repeatedly stabbed a man, before slashing the tourist and another stranger across the face with a razor blade in unprovoked incidents a year later.

Sources say it’s believed Teeling may have been used as Fox and Taylor would have had no reason to view him as “a threat”. They believed he was either pressured or paid to carry out the attack.

In the wake of the attack Teeling was segregated and moved to an isolation cell.

Thomas Fox required a large number of stitches and was moved under heavy security back to Mountjoy Prison on Friday morning.

It’s understood he will remain segregated on a protection landing.