December 10th, 2016

Gallery: Heavy garda presence at removal of gangland murder victim Gareth Hutch

Crime DeskBy Sunday World

There was a serious garda presence at the removal of Gareth Hutch, who was gunned down in north-inner city Dublin last Tuesday week.

In a notice published online yesterday, the family of Gareth 'Seagull' Hutch announced that he will repose at his parents' home from 4pm today.

He will be removed to to the Holy Family Church, Aughrim St, on Friday morning for 11.30am Mass.

In a sombre note, posted online, the family said he died "tragically".

"Sadly missed by his son, parents, brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and a large circle of friends."

A senior source said there would be an "appropriate garda presence at the funeral".

The source added that it was likely to "include an armed element".

"Gardai will step back a little as it is a family event but there will certainly be an armed element in the area."

It is not clear if Hutch's uncle Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch will attend the funeral but sources say gardai are "preparing for all possibilities".

Hutch appeared at his brother Eddie Hutch Snr's funeral in February.

Mr Hutch had been getting into his car in the car park of the Avondale House flats at around 10am on Tuesday, May 23 when two men approached him. Mr Hutch was shot several times and fatally injured.

The two fled the scene.

His murder was linked to the ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud which has claimed seven lives in the last nine months.

Two people have been charged in relation to the murder.

Thomas Fox (29), who is accused of unlawful possession of a handgun the day before the killing, was remanded in custody today after gardai objected to bail at Dublin District Court.

On Tuesday, Mary McDonnell (44), of Avondale House, North Cumberland Street appeared in the same court charged with failing without reasonable excuse to disclose information to the gardai.

The charge states that she failed to do so "as soon as was practicable" and it was 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.