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REVEALED: Dublin man investigated in connection with murder of Gary Hutch

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Ian Dixon runs special classes at MGM
Ian Dixon runs special classes at MGM

This is the MGM gym instructor who appeared in court in Spain last week in connection with the murder of Gary Hutch.

Ian Dixon from Tallaght, Dublin, is a cousin of Daniel Kinahan and was a close associate of James Quinn, who has been in custody in connection with the killing since September.

He has been running special fitness classes at the gym where he has worked for a number of years. He previously was one of those who worked at the Kinahan-run Auld Dubliner bar along with Aaron Bolger – the Tallaght man injured during the Regency Hotel shooting.

Dixon’s arrest is a further blow to the MGM brand and came days before former Irish Olympic hero Paddy Barnes stepped out to make his professional boxing debut in Belfast in the Kinahan cartel colours.

Dixon with Kinahan

Barnes has defended his decision to sign for MGM and even stated that he had no problem having cartel boss Daniel Kinahan in his corner.

Dixon (29) appeared in court in Fuengirola along with a Romanian woman, believed to be his girlfriend, and was told that the court will continue to investigate him for Hutch’s murder in September 2015.

He has to sign on at court twice a month. In Spain, formal charges are only laid against suspects shortly before trials.

In September, James Quinn was arrested on suspicion of Hutch’s murder and remanded to prison pending an ongoing probe. He is an associate of Martin ‘the Viper’ Foley and was arrested in a plush villa near Marbella, where it is understood he was living.

James Quinn

Quinn had been living in Spain for a number of years and during his arrest a Sunseeker boat and a Bentley car were seized.

Dixon was arrested at a house in Estepona along with a female after officers from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation travelled there prior to a series of arrests and searches that culminated in his detention.

Gary Hutch was shot dead outside his apartment in Miraflores near Fuengirola on September 24, 2015.

His murder resulted in an attack on the Kinahan cartel in the Regency Hotel last February, during which David Byrne was shot dead, and a string of murders in Dublin and abroad believed to have been carried out by the Kinahan cartel.

 

Gary Hutch

Dixon, who is related to Christopher Jnr and Daniel’s late mother Jean Boylan, moved to Spain when MGM opened its doors in 2012 – after the Kinahan cartel dusted themselves down from the 2010 Operation Shovel offensive on their drug operation.

He was among a group of young men who had earlier helped run the Auld Dubliner pub in Estepona but who were given key roles at the gym, which is fronted by Daniel Kinahan’s best friend, the boxer Matthew Macklin.

Macklin – who has no serious criminal convictions – opened MGM Marbell amid much pomp and ceremony and made the society pages in Costa magazines. A not-for-profit organisation, it vowed to fundraise for charities and open its facilities to underprivileged youth.

The gym was first exposed by the Sunday World in 2013 when an undercover investigations team detailed the links between Macklin and the mob which became more and more blatant.

 

Dixon poses in the MGM Gym

In 2014, Macklin’s Dublin fight and a planned white-collar boxing event were cancelled after the shooting of trainer Jamie Moore outside Daniel Kinahan’s plush Estepona home.

A year later Gary Hutch was murdered and there was an attempted shooting of Kinahan associate Liam Roe at a boxing weigh-in at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin.

In February 2016 MGM were firmly connected with organised crime when a weigh-in for a Dublin boxing bout involving Jamie Kavanagh – the son of murdered drug dealer Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh — was turned into a terrifying scene of crime during a shootout.

 

Despite MGM’s reputation the Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes was announced as their new signing following the recent games in Rio.

Speaking to the Sunday Business Post, Barnes claimed to be in no way unsettled by the links between the Kinahans and his new gym.

“None at all,” Barnes said of the Daniel Kinahan’s connection to the MGM Marbella.

“I have nothing to do with any criminality. Matthew Macklin is not a criminal. I am not a criminal.”