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Monk crimeline A look back at the life and crimes of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch

Following his arrest in Spain, we take a look at the the Monk's criminal career


Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch

Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch

Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch

Gerry Hutch timeline:

1963: Gerry Hutch was born in Dublin's north inner city, where his father 'Masher' Hutch was a dock worker and his mother Julia looked after their family of eight kids.

1971: The Hutch family moved from a flat in Corporation Buildings to Summerhill and, over the coming years, Hutch started dabbling in crime.

1970s: By the time Hutch hit his teenage years he became involved in thefts and street crime, which escalated with each passing year.

1970s: As a leading member of the Bugsy Malone gang, Hutch graduated from petty crime into robbing banks by jumping over counters. He was sent to industrial school 11 times during his teenage years.

1979: A 16-year-old Hutch gives an interview to RTÉ Radio, saying how he "can't give up robbing". "I see money in a car I'm takin' it. I just can't leave it there. If I see a handbag on a seat I'll smash the window and be away before anyone knows what's going on," he says.

1983: Hutch, who is now 20, has 30 convictions for offences including burglary, assault, larceny, car theft, joy riding and malicious damage. He was sentenced to two years for malicious damage in 1983. It was to be his last time behind bars until this week.

1987: A 23-year-old Hutch was suspected of masterminding the robbery of a Securicor van outside the Bank of Ireland at Marino Mart in Fairview, in Dublin, which netted the raiders what was then a record £IR1.35m haul

1990s: Hutch started heavily investing his ill-gotten gains in building projects around Dublin with the help of his pal Paddy Shanahan.

1995: Hutch is once again the prime suspect in a record-breaking robbery when raiders made off with almost IR£3m after a carefully planned raid on the Brinks Allied Security Company Depot in Clonshaugh, north Dublin.

1998: Hutch, who was always keen to cultivate a Robin Hood image, set up the Corinthians Boxing Club in Dublin's north inner city but was by that stage a top target of the Criminal Assets Bureau,which was set up in the wake of the murder of Veronica Guerin.

1999: CAB bring proceedings against Hutch, alleging he made millions from crimes including the Marino Mart and Brinks Allied heists. He eventually reaches a IR£1.2m settlement with CAB and subsequently applies for a taxi licence.

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2001: Hutch wins a court battle to be granted his taxi licence and sets up a limo company called Carry Any Body in a bid to taunt gardaí. After the court victory he told reporters: "I haven't been involved in crime, I just had a bit of a tax problem like several other people . . . it's all over."

2008: Hutch gives an interview to RTÉ where he claims he hasn't been involved in crime since his last conviction in 1983. "Oh, yes, a convicted criminal - I am that," he said. "But not a convicted armed robber. Not a convicted hitman; not a convicted drug dealer…. "I've done a lot of business in property, it was a good time - that's where I made my money."

2015: Hutch's nephew Gary Hutch is shot dead in Spain after falling out with the Kinahan cartel. The killing is the first of the Kinahan-Hutch feud over the following months there is a failed attempt on the life of Kinahan associate Liam Roe, the murder of Darren Kearns in Dublin and a failed attempt on the life of Gerry Hutch in Lanzarote.

2016: The Kinahan-Hutch feud dramatically escalates with the attack on the Regency Hotel, where Kinahan associate David Byrne is shot dead while two other men are seriously injured. Days after the attack, Gerry Hutch's brother Eddie is shot dead outside his home in Ballybough.

2016: Hutch wears a disguise to his brother's Eddie's funeral and is photographed by the press for the last time in years before going to ground while the feud rages on and claims more lives.

2015-2019 Over a four-year period up to 18 murders are linked to the feud, including the deaths of innocent bystanders, criminal figures and several of Hutch's relatives,among them Gary, Eddie and Gareth Hutch and Derek Coakley Hutch. Other family members were targeted in assassination plots, including his brother Patsy Hutch.

2019: The trial against Patrick Hutch, a nephew of Gerry, for the murder of David Byrne collapses at the Special Criminal Court after the death of lead investigator Det Supt Colm Fox

April 2021: A number of people are charged in relation to the Regency Hotel attack and a European Arrest Warrant is issued for the arrest of Gerry Hutch, who is believed to be living abroad.

August 2021: Gerry Hutch is arrested by Spanish cops in Fuengirola, in Spain, following a surveillance operation and detained on foot of the European Arrest Warrant.

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