Seizure of guns prevented assassination of boxer’s pal
A CLOSE associate of boxer Anthony Fitzgerald is believed to have been the target of a gun attack foiled by gardai last week.
Gardai believe they prevented an imminent gangland murder linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud when they seized two submachine guns and three handguns in Dublin last Saturday.
Officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau found the weapons in a car in Cabra as part of an intelligence-led operation.
Gardai believe the weapons belonged to members of the Kinahan cartel who were planning to murder a businessman from the north inner city who has connections to the Hutch family.
The man, who has convictions in relation to the illegal cigarette trade, is also a close pal of Anthony Fitzgerald who retired from boxing after witnessing the Regency Hotel attack.
Fitzgerald was injured in an unrelated knife attack on Parnell Street in the capital earlier this month.
His associate, who gardai believe was going to be targeted by the Kinahan cartel, has been involved in a number of businesses including pubs.
The man, who is aged in his early 40s, is from Dublin’s north inner city and has links to Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch and is suspected of using the pub trade to help launder money. He has been involved in businesses with other figures who have criminal records.
Gardai have been looking into a number of pubs and restaurants run by associates of both the Hutch and Kinahan side, which they believe have been used to launder money.
Gardai believe they foiled a plot to kill the Hutch associate when they seized the two MP9 sub-machine guns, two silencers and three loaded Smith & Wesson handguns last Saturday.
Detective Superintendent Tony Howard, who is leading the investigation, said: “It’s important to stress that we have saved somebody’s life by seizing those weapons.”
Anthony Fitzgerald received serious injuries after a knife attack on Parnell Street at 2.45pm on November 2. It is believed the incident may have been linked to a row over a phone.
A man armed with knife approached him and slashed him across the face and stabbed him in the body.
As the attacker tried to get away, a witness tripped him up and he fell to the ground.
The attacker also received knife injuries during the incident.
Anthony is not suspected of being involved in the Kinahan-Hutch feud but had previously been on good terms with people on both sides of the feud. As well as previously working with MGM, he is related to the Hutch family.
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