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Gareth Hutch murder suspect rushed to hospital

Gareth Hutch
Gareth Hutch

One of the chief suspects for the murder of Gareth Hutch has been hospitalised after taking ill while in garda custody.

Gardai believe he was one of the gunmen who shot dead 35-year-old Hutch outside the Avondale House flats in Dublin's north inner city last week.

The 29-year-old suspect handed himself in to gardai at Mountjoy garda station only hours after the murder, but has maintained he had nothing to do with it.

It has emerged that he was rushed to hospital at the weekend after swallowing an object.

A source said he was found "in obvious pain" after suffering suspected internal injuries.

He was taken to the Mater Hospital, opposite the garda station, on Saturday afternoon and received treatment.

Despite earlier concerns, he was discharged yesterday morning and returned to garda custody. He can be held for up to seven days.

The Irish Independent previously revealed that the suspect handed himself in to investigating detectives on the orders of his mother.

Two women are still being questioned in relation to the killing.

One of them is suspected of providing crucial logistical support to the two gunmen.

The other is in a relationship with the second gunman, who is on the run after fleeing to the North.

Gardai do not believe this woman had any involvement in the murder.

The funeral of Gareth Hutch, who was a nephew of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch, is expected to take place in Dublin later this week.