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Gang warfare How a series of violent events brought Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch out of retirement

Just eight years ago Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch celebrated this 50th birthday and retirement from crime

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The Monk's birthday part in lanzarote

The Monk's birthday part in lanzarote

The Monk's birthday part in lanzarote

Eight years ago Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch celebrated his 50th birthday with a boozy party in Lanzarote surrounded by friends and family.

To all intents and purposes he had retired from crime and spent €30,000 to fly out the party-goers for some fun in the sun.

He wasn't even all that concerned when the Sunday World snapped pictures of him as he got into a taxi a little worse for wear.

That same week, in April 2013, in another part of Spain, Christy Kinahan senior turned up at the magistrates court in Estepona on the Costa Del Sol.

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Gerry Hutch Leaving his 50th Birthday

Gerry Hutch Leaving his 50th Birthday

Gerry Hutch Leaving his 50th Birthday

He had just been released from prison in Belgium where he had completed a sentence for bribing cops.

He lost his temper with the Sunday World photographer after dropping his files in a bid to avoid being photographed.

As the Europe-wide 'Operation Shovel' investigation into the Kinahan organisation continued, it looked as if The Monk was the one who had played his cards right.

While Kinahan Snr then faced an uncertain future, The Monk was ready to enjoy his retirement with no fear of arrest or any looming court cases.

Then, in 2015, a series of events were set in train which resulted in the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain at the behest of the Kinahan Cartel.

Just weeks later, two armed assassins arrived in an Irish bar in Lanzarote missing The Monk by just minutes.

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In February 2016, The Monk is alleged to have masterminded the gun attack at The Regency which Daniel Kinahan escaped but which saw David Byrne shot dead.

Now it's The Monk's turn to go before the Spanish courts while Kinahan Snr, who has disappeared from public view and retired from crime after handing over the drugs business to his son Daniel.

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