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Man charged with possession of 9mm handgun in connection with Hutch shooting remanded

Thomas Fox
Thomas Fox

A 29-YEAR-OLD man charged with unlawful possession of a handgun in connection with the murder of Gareth Hutch in Dublin, has been further remanded in custody.

Father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch, was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats where he lived on North Cumberland Street in inner city Dublin, on the morning of May 24.

He died during series of killings in a feud between rival Kinahan and Hutch gangs.

Thomas Fox, who has an address at Rutland Court, in north inner city Dublin, is charged with unlawful possession of of a Makarov 9mm handgun at Avondale House on May 23, a day before the shooting.

The charge is contrary to section 27A of the Firearms Act which can carry a sentence of up to 14 years.

He had been initially refused bail by Dublin District Court on June 1 and was remanded in custody. He faced his eight hearing on Wednesday when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake via video-link at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Blake heard that the State was seeking an adjournment for as long as possible to allow time for the DPP's directions to be obtained. He was told the case is extremely complex that about 300 statements have been taken but progress is being made.

Judge Blake said that the case has been before the court since June and he appreciated it was serious and complex. However, he warned that it has to be moved along.

The accused has been in custody since June 1 on the one charge before the court. Mr Fox was further remanded in custody to appear again in two weeks.

The court has also heard that the investigation involved the examination of 5,000 hours of CCTV.

He is one of two people before the courts charged in connection with the shooting.

Mary McDonnell (43) with an address at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street has also been charged and is accused of withholding information from gardai investigating Gareth Hutch's murder.

She is accused of failing without reasonable excuse to disclose information to the gardai, as soon as was practicable, 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.

The charge is under Section 9 of the Offences Against the State Act and the offence is alleged to have happened at an address at Avondale House on May 24 last.

She is on bail and is due back in court in November. She has not yet entered a plea.