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'Fat' Freddie Thompson associate suspected of pulling trigger in botched hit at Hutch home

'Fat' Freddie Thompson
'Fat' Freddie Thompson

A very close associate of gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson is the key suspect in the latest murder bid in the city.

Six shots were fired at the home of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch's brother, Johnny, in a botched hit.

It is believed that Jonathan Hutch, the Monk's nephew, was also in the house in the days leading up to the shooting.

He recently escaped an assassination attempt in Spain that saw innocent Dublin City Council worker Trevor O'Neill killed.

Neither Johnny nor Jonathan Hutch have any involvement in crime.

The latest shooting took place at Drumalee Park on Dublin's northside on Friday as children played nearby.

A convicted criminal was arrested near the scene and taken into garda custody in connection with the shooting.

The criminal was released from garda custody last night, and it is understood that he is not suspected of being the shooter in the incident.

Sources say that he was acting as the getaway driver in the attack and was picked up by gardai in a transit van close to the scene.

A file will be prepared for the DPP.

The man suspected of pulling the trigger is a close associate of 'Fat' Freddie and Liam Byrne.

The 34-year-old is understood to be a senior lieutenant within the Kinahan gang.

The criminal, from the south-inner city, has a previous conviction for possession of drugs.

The gunman fled and was picked up in a red Opel Corsa by his getaway driver.

The car sped up Blackhorse Avenue, before being dumped and set alight at the entrance to Regal Park in Dublin 7.

Two guns were found in the car which will be the subject of technical examination by gardai.

The house is protected by CCTV cameras and is understood to have a door which has been fitted with reinforced steel - a security measure taken since the recent attacks on other Hutch family members.

Johnny's brother, Gareth Hutch, was murdered in Dublin's north-inner city in May.

The spate of attacks on Hutch family members is in retaliation for the murder of high-ranking Kinahan gang member, David Byrne, who was gunned down at a boxing weigh in at the Regency Hotel in February.