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Exclusive pictures of cartel hitman who targeted Monk’s brother

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Hitman running toward's Johnny Hutch's home
Hitman running toward's Johnny Hutch's home

This exclusive image captures the moment a gunman tried to assassinate Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch’s brother Johnny Hutch outside his home last weekend.

It shows how close the grandfather came to death after he dropped his special needs daughter home.

He was saved only by the reinforced steel door visible in the chilling image of a tracksuit-clad shooter pursuing him through a busy family neighbourhood.

Days after this failed hit, gardaí swooped on Liam Byrne – the cartel’s main man in Ireland.

The flash mobster was quizzed about his wealth and a fleet of luxury cars seized earlier this year.

He is believed to have left the country within hours of his release from a ‘Section 4’ arrest by CAB officers, who are probing his flash cars and bling lifestyle, which they believe is funded by drugs.

However, the net is closing in on Byrne in more ways than one and sources say that a huge investigation into his finances is almost complete.

Byrne refused to answer any questions during his 12 hours in custody, but sources have told the Sunday World that he is scared, despite trying to put on a front.

“He is trying to put on a tough front, but the fact is that he is absolutely terrified every second he is in Ireland. He knows that there is a bullet out there with his name on it. His life has changed completely and he is terrified to put his head out the door,” our source said.

Liam Byrne

The CCTV image shows a tracksuited gunman as he arrives at Drumalee Park on Dublin’s northside and jumps out of a red getaway car primed to murder the grandfather in cold blood.

Seconds after this image was captured, Johnny Hutch managed to slam closed a reinforced steel door into his back garden and survived the eight bullets the shooter unleashed from a handgun.

Dean Howe, a senior Kinahan associate and friend of Liam Byrne, was arrested following the shooting, but was released from custody last Sunday.

The attempted murder came just days after innocent dad Trevor O’Neill, who was killed while on holidays in Majorca with his family, was buried. The target of the assassination was Jonathan Hutch – Johnny’s son.

The savagery with which innocent family members of Gerry Hutch have been picked out and murdered has shocked even hardened criminals.

Days after David Byrne’s murder, the mob sent a team to kill Eddie Hutch – the veteran crime lord’s brother who worked as a taxi driver.

They then murdered his best friend Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan – a well-liked granddad who had made no enemies throughout his long career as a top cigarette smuggler.

The mob killed an innocent passer-by, Martin O’Rouke, when they attempted to shoot Keith Murtagh, a key Hutch associate.

Barman Michael Barr was then murdered at the Sunset House pub.

Johnny Hutch

Weeks later, Gareth Hutch, Johnny Hutch’s son and a nephew of The Monk, was shot dead outside his inner-city home.

Daithi Douglas was gunned down last July outside a south inner-city shop .

And Jonathan Hutch, Johnny’s other son, was believed to be the target when innocent dad Trevor O’Neill was murdered last month.

The feud has focused the Garda attention on the activities of the Kinahan gang, which had been operating for years with little pressure from the authorities.

Last March, a massive Criminal Assets Bureau-led sting was centred on Byrne and his cohorts.

Officers raided his Crumlin home and his business, LS Active Car Sales, and burst in the doors of the homes of his key associates.

Rolex watches, high-powered cars, motorbikes and documents were seized and taken away for analysis.

When the armed officers stormed Byrne’s Raleigh Square home, they discovered the panic room, bar and jacuzzi.

They also discovered that he had spent a fortune extending and upgrading the house with top-of-the-range plasma screen TVs and a pool room.

Byrne’s father, the veteran criminal ‘Jaws’ Byrne, lives in another extended house in the Crumlin enclave.

Sean McGovern, his business partner who was injured during the Regency shooting, lives nearby, as did Liam’s brother David, who was a father of two young children.

The enormous Garda response to the worst feud in gangland history is estimated to be costing up to €1million a week to contain.

A thousand armed checkpoints a month have been rolled out, resulting in huge overtime hours for much-needed Gardaí on the streets, while a new Armed Support Unit for Dublin is currently being trained.