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In custody Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch gets first taste of prison in more than 30 years after Spain arrest

Despite his reputation as a veteran criminal, Gerry Hutch has avoided any convictions since he was teenaged armed robber in the early 1980s

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Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch is getting his first taste of prison in more than 30 years after his arrest in Spain by a specialist unit from the paramilitary Civil Guard.

He will remain in custody, most likely in Madrid, until he agrees to be extradited back to Ireland or if ordered back by the courts after a hearing.

The European Arrest Warrant issued by the Gardaí sates that he is wanted in connection with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016.

He won't be the first of the Hutch clan to be remanded in custody in relation to the high-profile gun attack, aimed at killing Daniel Kinahan who managed to escape unharmed.

Two weeks ago, Derek 'Del-Boy' Hutch left Wheatfield Prison where other Hutch associates are imprisoned.

Patrick Hutch was also held there after being charged with murder of David Byrne in the Regency, although he was acquitted when his trial collapsed.

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Jonathon Dowdall

Jonathon Dowdall

Jonathon Dowdall

 

Sources suggest that 'The Monk' will "definitely" be incarcerated there when he is sent back to Ireland from Spain for a possible trial in the Special Criminal Court.

Following Del Boy's release there are just six Hutch associates doing time together in one of the Dublin prison's landings. These include father and son Patrick and Jonathon Dowdall, who are facing charges over the Regency shooting. Jonathon, who is serving a sentence for water-boarding a man over an alleged attempted fraud, is charged the murder of David Byrne who was shot dead in the attack.

Patrick Dowdall was charged last April for his part in the attack for allegedly supplying a room in the hotel for use by the conspirators.

Another of the Hutch associates in the prison is Glen Kavanagh (45) , who is serving 12 years for firing eight shots from a Makarov pistol in an attempted post office raid.

Kavanagh, it was heard in court, had no memory of the raid as he was "out of control" on drugs at the time. He was also previously jailed for six years when he and two accomplices tried to rob a jewellery shop in broad daylight.

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The Monk's nephews, brothers Ross and Alan Hutch, have also served time in Wheatfield but have since been released.

Despite his reputation as a veteran criminal, Gerry Hutch has avoided any convictions since he was teenaged armed robber in the early 1980s. When he made an application for a taxi licence in 2001 it was heard in court that his last criminal conviction came in 1983.

In 2008, he referred to his time in jail when he spoke to RTÉ's crime correspondent Paul Reynolds: "I have a kid now of 15 and I look at the kid and I say 'my God, when I was 15, I was in prison'. I mean, I was in prison with murderers, rapists, bank robbers, everything. I'll agree I done wrong but I think the severity of being put into Mountjoy Prison at that age, it was like going to college for criminals."

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