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Top cartel target returns to Ireland despite price on his head

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Jonathan Hutch at balcony
Jonathan Hutch at balcony

One of the Kinahan mob's top-four targets re-emerged in Dublin as members of the Byrne clan enjoyed the festival in Aintree last week.

Botched hit survivor Jonathan Hutch was pictured by the Sunday World back in Dublin city last week.

We snapped him standing on a balcony looking out from an apartment building in the north-inner city as gardai on 'Preservation of Life' duty stood watch outside.

Jonathan is one of a handful of Hutch associates who have been placed under the highest level of protection by gardai - along with James 'Maggo' Gately and 'Patsy' Hutch Snr.

The taxi driver, who is an older brother of feud murder victim Gareth Hutch, told Spanish police that he was the target of the cartel killer who mistakenly shot dead dad-of-three Trevor O'Neill in Majorca last August.

The 37-year-old, who is a son of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch's brother Johnny, is under constant threat from the cartel, who are still seeking revenge for the murder of David Byrne in the Regency Hotel in February last year.

Jonathan had just met Mr O'Neill in the hotel he was staying in at the Spanish resort and had a chance meeting with him in the street moments before the Dublin city council worker was shot.

The cartel was also behind a murder attempt on Jonathan's father outside the family home at Drumalee Park in north Dublin the following month.

Gardai believe that the threat against surviving members of the Hutch clan remains high, in light of the fact the cartel have recruited hitmen from Eastern Europe to target the family.

Jonathan Hutch's low-key reappearance in the north-inner city stands in stark contrast to the high life still being enjoyed by the Byrne family, despite repeated raids by the Criminal Assets Bureau and attempts to target their assets.