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Hutch targeted by Kinahan Cartel quizzed by gardai over Regency bloodbath

Jonathan Hutch
Jonathan Hutch

KINAHAN Cartel target Jonathan Hutch was last week arrested by gardai and quizzed for 48 hours in relation to the Regency Hotel murder of David Byrne.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that Hutch - who survived the botched hit during which innocent Dublin City Council worker Trevor O'Neill was murdered in Spain - was detained by gardai in Dublin on Tuesday October 11.

He was taken to Ballymun garda sta­tion, where he was formally cautioned.

Hutch is understood to have told pals he has no knowledge of the Regency attack and was unable to shed any light on it for gardai before being released without charge.

The 37-year-old is the nephew of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch, who gardai are also seeking to arrest for questioning.

David - the younger brother of cartel lieutenant Liam Byrne, who returned to Ireland recently - was slain by gunmen dressed as Emergency Response Unit officers when they entered the Regency armed with assault rifles on February 5.

That shooting led to eight revenge killings, bringing the total number of feud-related deaths to 10.

Jonathan's younger brother Gareth (35), was shot dead outside his home at the Avondale House apartments on North Cumberland Street in north-inner city Dublin on May 24.

Two men are before the courts on charges connected to that killing.

Separately, the Kinahan Cartel sent a gunman to the house of Jonathan's 63-year-old father Johnny on Drumalee Avenue in early September. Six shots were fired at Johnny - the brother of Gerry Hutch - but he escaped injury after shutting a reinforced steel door at the rear of the garden.

Jonathan Hutch was relatively unknown to gardai prior to emerging as a major target for the Kinahan Cartel. His one stint in prison dates back to 1997, when he was sentenced to four years for driving at speeds of up to 80mph before he lost control of the car and demolished railings near Arbour Hill Prison.

It's understood that Jonathan became a 'shoot on sight' target for cartel gunmen because he is the nephew of the Monk.

Jonathan was on holiday in a Majorcan holiday resort in early August when associates of the Kinahan Cartel spotted him and the order was given to shoot him.

He later told detectives he had just met innocent dad Trevor O'Neill in the hotel and had a chance meeting with him in the street moments before the Dublin city council worker was shot. Hutch admitted to Spanish police the gunman who blasted innocent Trevor to death in front of his partner and children was probably after him.