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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch beefs up security after million euro bounty placed on his head

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is employing a three-man security team to keep him safe from a six-figure price on his head.

A source told the Sunday World that Hutch is in fear for his life and has employed the bodyguards to protect him amid claims that as much as a €1million bounty remains on his head.

The Sunday World can also reveal that two members of Hutch’s family sought the protection of the State’s prisons this week in a bid to elude Kinahan cartel gunmen who have shown they will murder anyone with the surname Hutch.

Nathan Coakley – a son of one of Gerry’s sisters – surrendered himself to Gardaí on a criminal damage warrant on February 12, four days after his uncle Eddie was shot dead.

Sources confirmed that, after being housed on a protection landing in Cloverhill Prison, authorities in the prison were officially notified by Gardaí of a threat to Coakley’s life.

Coakley – who is also known by the surname Hutch – was described by sources as being in a state of fear.

The Sunday World has also learned that another relative of murdered Eddie surrendered himself to Gardaí on a theft warrant on February 6 – the day after Byrne’s murder at the Regency.

The relative – who is not suspected of any involvement in the feud – is also understood to have taken the view that he would be safer behind bars.

It’s understood the second Hutch relative who gained the protection of being placed behind bars attended court on Wednesday, but did not seek bail on the relatively minor charge.

This week, family head Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch returned to Ireland after originally flying out to Eindhoven on Monday.

It has been claimed that he was engaging in peace talks with the Kinahans, but Gardaí remain unsure if these reports are accurate.

Meanwhile, Christopher Kinahan Jnr failed to appear in Ballina District Court this week where an order affirmed his disqualification from driving for two years.

Gardai had surrounded the court house and there were Regional Support Unit checkpoints on the road into the Mayo town.

But when the case was called the Court heard he had failed to show up days after he attended the funeral of Byrne in Crumlin.