Gangland thug being hunted over shocking Eddie Hutch murder
A manhunt is under way for a gangland thug who is wanted by gardai investigating the brutal murder of Eddie Hutch Snr.
The feared thug, who has over 200 previous criminal convictions, also has a staggering five outstanding warrants for his arrest which have been issued at district court level this year after he failed to turn up for court appearances.
Sources say that gardai have been hunting for the volatile Dublin criminal, who is aged in his mid 20s, for weeks. It is not believed that he has fled the country.
"The belief is that this individual is in a safe house at an offside location. The expectation is that he will be arrested sooner rather than later," a senior source said.
The hunted criminal is a close associate of two gangsters who were arrested and then released without charge by gardai investigating the feud-related murder of Eddie Hutch Snr.
The innocent father was shot dead at his home on Poplar Row in Dublin's north-inner city on the night of February 8.
The on-the-run thug is believed to have been part of the four-man hit-team who murdered the brother of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch in a revenge attack for the Regency Hotel bloodbath three days earlier.
Sources say that he is also being investigated, along with one of the men arrested last week, for the murder of Darren Kearns in Cabra in late December.
Mr Kearns was shot dead in a car being driven by his wife after they left a restaurant on the evening of December 30 last at Blackhorse Avenue.
In both the Kearns and Hutch cases, the BMW cars used by the gangsters were not stolen but were legitimately bought on the internet.
The gangsters then registered the vehicles with false details before the cars were used for the murders.
Immediately after the Hutch murder, the four-man hit-team escaped in a silver S-series 06 BMW which was abandoned at St Patrick's Parade.
It emerged that the killers ran from the BMW to a Toyota Landcruiser which had no back seats and all the suspects lay down in the back of the vehicle.