Shooting victim's son under max protection after prison murder plot

Alan Hutch
Alan Hutch

A son of Eddie Hutch has been forcibly placed under maximum protection after Gardai alerted Mountjoy of a plot to kill him.

Alan Hutch was moved from the Training Unit at Mountjoy after the gardai advised that there was a clear and immediate threat to him.

Hutch did not want to move so he was forcibly taken to a different part of the prison.

His father Eddie was brutally murdered last Monday as part of the gangland feud that has erupted in the capital.

The nephew of former crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was caged for eight years in 2013 after he threatened to kill three Gardaí claiming he had a grenade.

At the time he was also serving a suspended sentence of four years for a 2009 robbery and assaulting a garda.

Hutch, of Sherrard Street Lower, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery on Drumcondra Road on August 27, 2012 and to assaulting Garda Sergeant Charlie Armstrong during the same incident.

He attempted to bite the garda after he was arrested for a robbery he had just committed on another man.

He also pleaded guilty to car theft, dangerous driving, and damaging a garda car during a high-speed chase around north Dublin on October 1, 2012. He admitted escaping from lawful custody at the Mater Hospital on the same date.

Hutch admitted to stealing a BMW while the owner was at the boot of the car on Parnell Street. He then drove at speeds in excess of 135kph in built-up areas around the north inner city, breaking red lights, driving along the wrong side of the road and ramming garda patrol cars.

Hutch, who has 48 previous convictions, was arrested a week after escaping from custody in the Mater Hospital. He later committed an armed robbery with a knife in Dublin City Centre. 

Despite his behavior he has been described as a model inmate and has stayed out of trouble since his jail term began. He was transferred to the Training Unit for good behaviour in 2014.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said they could not comment on individual cases. 

However, sources have revealed he won’t be released for his father's funeral later this week for security reasons.