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Keogh relative “living in fear” over Hutch mob threat to his life

Michael Keogh
Michael Keogh

AN INNOCENT male relative of the latest feud murder victim Michael Keogh has been officially warned of an active threat against his life.

Gardai have received information that the young man, who is aged in his 20s and has no involvement in crime, may become a target for the Hutch mob in its bitter feud with the Kinahan cartel.

The Hutch mob target is now understood to be in hiding after receiving the warning within the past week. Sources say that he is “living in fear” and no longer based at his north inner city family home.

“It seems that the Hutch gang are using tactics which the Kinahan side have been using and are now targeting innocent family members of people who went against them,” a source said last night.

Michael Keogh (37) became the 12th victim of the deadly Hutch/Kinahan feud when he was shot dead in his car in an underground car park at the Sheridan Court flats complex early on the morning of Wednesday, May 31.

A handgun with a silencer was found in the partially burned out getaway car in a laneway off Clonliffe Avenue.

In the aftermath of the murder, gardai raided at least two homes of major criminals with links to the Hutch mob, but no arrests have yet been made.

It is now feared that some of his innocent relatives may become the next targets in the deadly feud.

His younger brother, Jonathan Keogh (31), was arrested in England last month after gardai issued a European warrant for his arrest in relation to the feud murder of Gareth Hutch in May 2016.

The Dubliner was detained by armed officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the Romford area of London. He has been held in a London prison since his arrest and has appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on a number of occasions.

 Another hearing has been scheduled for August. Keogh plans to fight his extradition to Ireland, where he is wanted for questioning over the gangland feud murder.

Gareth Hutch, a father-ofone, was shot dead outside his apartment in the north inner city in May last year.

CCTV images captured Hutch walking to his vehicle before two gunmen approached him from behind and fired a number of shots at him.

Ahead of Michael Keogh’s funeral Mass on June 14, the church was searched for bombs.

A priest called for “no revenge” for his killing as his family and friends attended Requiem Mass at Saint Francis Xavier Church. Fr Dermot Mansfield said it was time to “break the cycle” of violence.

“In the midst of sorrow and bewilderment and worry and fear, you will want, as much as any of us would want, that the cycle of things that leads from one thing to the next would break and there would be no revenge,” he said.

The Kinahan cartel is believed to have carried out nine murders since the Regency Hotel attack last year, including the shocking killings of innocent bystanders Trevor O’Neill and Martin O’Rourke.