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Five thousand hours of CCTV footage examined in Gareth Hutch murder probe

Crime DeskBy Tom Tuite
Gareth Hutch
Gareth Hutch

THE investigation into the gang murder of Gareth Hutch involved the examination of 5,000 hours of CCTV, and the taking of 350 statements, a court heard yesterday.

A 29-year-old man charged with unlawful possession of a handgun in connection with the murder has been further remanded in custody.

Dad-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats on Dublin’s North Cumberland Street on the morning of May 24.

He died during a spate of killings in the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

Thomas Fox, who has an address at Rutland Court, in north-inner city Dublin, is charged with unlawful possession of a Makarov 9mm handgun at Avondale House on May 23, a day before the shooting.

The charge is contrary to section 27A of the Firearms Act, which can carry a sentence of up to 14 years.

He had been initially refused bail by Dublin District Court on June 1 and was remanded in custody.

He faced his sixth hearing on Wednesday when he appeared before Judge Conal Gibbons via video-link at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Gibbons heard that the State was seeking a four-week adjournment to allow time for the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) directions to be obtained.

The defence asked the court to note that the accused has been in custody since June 1 on the one charge before the court.

A State solicitor told Judge Gibbons that the case file contained nine or 10 volumes.

The judge agreed to the prosecution’s request.

Mr Fox was further remanded in custody and will face his next hearing via video-link on September 14 when the case will be listed for the DPP’s directions to be given.

He is one of two people before the courts charged in connection with the shooting.

Mary McDonnell (43), with an address at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, has also been charged and is accused of withholding information from gardai investigating Gareth Hutch’s murder.

She is accused of failing to disclose information to the gardai, as soon as was practicable, information she knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any other person for a serious offence.

The offence is alleged to have happened at an address at Avondale House on May 24 last.

She is on bail and is due back in court in September. She has not yet entered a plea.

Via Herald