Irish man arrested in connection with Hutch murder appears in court

Gary Hutch
Gary Hutch

The Irishman arrested in connection with the Gary Hutch murder probe earlier this week has been released after appearing in court.

The investigating judge set him and a woman believed to be Romanian free after they went before him in a closed hearing at a court in Fuengirola this morning.

The Dubliner was told the court would continue to investigate him and he has to sign on at court twice a month - one of the few conditions attached to his release.

He was not required to pay any bail money.

It was thought he would be remanded in custody like James Quinn, who was arrested on suspicion of Hutch’s murder in September and ordered to prison pending an ongoing probe.

The second Irishman arrested - like Quinn - has yet to be charged with any crime as is normal in Spain where formal charges are only laid shortly before trial.

Officials said they were bound by a secrecy order surrounding the latest arrests and were not at liberty to say anything.

But a well-placed source said: “Two people, a man and a woman, went before a judge this morning at a court in Fuengirola and were released pending an ongoing investigation with the obligation to sign on at court twice a month.

“All I know is that they appeared in court as detainees in relation to the death of Gary Hutch but I cannot say what exactly they are being investigated over specifically.”