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Kinahan gangsters in Majorca days before murder of innocent man

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry
Emergency services attending to Trevor O'Neill
Emergency services attending to Trevor O'Neill

MEMBERS of the Kinahan Cartel are believed to have been hiding out at a private villa in Majorca in the days before the murder of innocent council worker Trevor O’Neill this week.

Sources have told the Sunday World that senior members of the Kinahan gang have been spotted on the island this summer, including Daniel Kinahan and Liam Byrne.

The source claimed members of the gang were staying in Alcudia, in a villa linked to well-known Kinahan associate Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh – a brother-in-law of Liam Byrne.

“They drive around in Range Rovers in convoy and travel to Ibiza for weekend parties,” said the source.

Byrne was also spotted in France during Euro 2016. Members of the gang have been seen in several places since the Regency Hotel shooting, including Ireland, the U.K., Spain Dubai and the Netherlands.

Last year the Sunday World tracked Kavanagh down to Birmingham, where he has been living for a number of years.

Since the Regency attack Liam Byrne has spent time in Birmingham with Kavanagh. He also spent time in London.

However, sources say he had been spotted in Majorca in recent weeks.

Mr O’Neill was gunned down in front of his family in a case of mistaken identity shortly after 9pm on Wednesday, outside a supermarket in Costa de la Calma beside the popular tourist area of Santa Ponsa.

SPOTTED: Liam Byrne

He had just been talking to Jonathan Hutch (37), a brother of feud victim Gareth Hutch, moments before being shot. 

Hutch, who is a nephew of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, told Spanish cops he believes he was the intended target of the attack.

Despite the fact he is not involved in organised crime, Hutch is believed to have been targeted purely because of his family connections.

Trevor had only met him as they were staying at the same resort.

Police in Majorca have yet to make any arrests in the case, despite reports a man was overheard talking in a pub about how he was going to carry out the killings.

Jonathan Hutch travelled to Majorca to escape the dangers of Dublin following the murders of his relatives.

He was staying in the same Bouganvilla Apartments where Mr O’Neill was staying and they had chatted to each other while on holidays as their kids played together in the same pool.

The holiday was a present for Mr O’Neill, who recently celebrated his 41st birthday.

A hitman dressed in a blue hoodie pulled over his face is suspected of carrying out the attack.

Spanish police are inquiring whether the killer is a criminal from the Finglas area of Dublin. The same man was previously arrested over the Eddie Hutch murder and has been linked to other killings.

He’s a close associate of another hitman from Cabra who has been linked to cartel murders.

This week’s killing is the 10th murder linked to the feud since Gary Hutch was shot dead in Spain last year.