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Documents and phones seized during gardai raids across Dublin

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

The north Dublin home of crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has been swept by detectives investigating the murder of Kinahan cartel drug dealer David Byrne.

The Crumlin crime lord was gunned down by members of a six-man kill squad at the Regency Hotel earlier this month.

The 34-year-old father of two was shot in the head at point-blank range during the audacious raid that also saw Sean McGovern (30) receiving bullet wounds to the stomach. Aaron Bolger (25), who was also shot, is still recovering in hospital.

Gardai investigating the shooting yesterday combed the Clontarf home of Gerry Hutch (53). Up to 10 officers were involved in the 7am search - one of 11 to take place across the capital.

Hutch was not at the property during the raid. However, a relative is believed to have assisted gardai with their search.

Sources have revealed that a number of laptops, mobile phones, bank statements, travel documents and other paperwork were seized. Similar items were also taken into evidence during planned searches at residences associated with key Hutch gang members across the city.

Some 100 officers took part in the dawn raids that were spearheaded by gardai from Ballymun. Properties were stormed across the city.

No arrests were made following the searches. However, gardai are "very satisfied" that the evidence gathered will go a long way towards securing convictions.

On Friday, Gerry Hutch defied threats on his life while he attended the funeral of his brother, Eddie Hutch Snr.

The 58-year-old taxi driver was shot in the head five times on February 8 in the hallway of his modest home on Poplar Row.

Eddie Snr is believed to have had no involvement in organised crime and his murder, which came just three days after the Regency attack, is thought to have been in response to the killing of Byrne.

Via Irish Independent