Video shows Gerry Hutch’s nephew Ross being beaten up in ‘revenge’ attack in Dublin
It’s understood he was targeted by a man known to him over his treatment of a woman
This video shows Ross Hutch being beaten up during an incident in a Dublin city centre hotel seven years ago.
We can reveal that the attack on Ross, in late 2016, was carried out in revenge for a suspected assault he carried out on a woman.
Hutch was jailed this week for an attack on his ex-partner in a separate incident in 2021, and for an assault on her new partner.
The 31-year-old nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was sentenced to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to his ex-girlfriend's partner on August 22, 2021, by slashing the man’s face with a knife.
The attack, which left the victim with serious disfiguring facial scars, took place outside a pub on Sheriff Street in Dublin’s inner city.
Hutch further admitted assault causing harm to a different ex-girlfriend the following day on August 23, 2021, at Holyhead Hostel on Gardiner Street.
This footage was recorded in December 2016 and obtained by the Sunday World.
Hutch, who was a target of the crime Kinahan gang at the time, can be seen ducking under a flurry of blows aimed at him as he sits eating lunch in the middle of the day.
It’s understood he was targeted by a man over his treatment of woman.
It later emerged that a number of garda detectives were in the restaurant at the same time and they arrested a man after the sudden attack.
Hutch, who was 24-years-of-age at the time, had won €33,000 in cash and prizes on RTE’s Winning Streak the previous year.
However, he had been repeatedly warned that his life was under threat since his father Eddie (58) was gunned down by the Kinahan cartel in February of that year at their home in the North Inner city.
And he was close by when his cousin Gareth Hutch was shot dead in Dublin that May.
Hutch had spent much of the following months hiding out in hotels and hostels under a false name.
Hutch, who was before the courts charged in connection with the theft of a man's iPhone worth €875 at Marino Mart in October, had been barred from the Clontarf, Fairview and Marino areas by a judge.
This week, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how Hutch, of Portland Place in Dublin 1, has 75 previous convictions, including assault, possession of a shotgun, firearms and knives, criminal damage, violent disorder and robberies.
Judge Martin Nolan said video footage of the most recent incident, which was played in court did “no credit at all to Hutch” and showed him punching and kicking the woman, throwing her down two sets of stairs, stamping on her and verbally abusing her.
“He attacked her on numerous occasions in a vicious way,” said the judge, noting that the woman had made a reasonable recovery from her soft tissue injuries.
Judge Nolan sentenced Hutch to seven and a half years in prison for the assault causing serious harm to the man and to two and a half years for assaulting the woman, both sentences to run consecutively.
The judge dismissed a request by counsel for the defence to defer sentencing pending an expected psychological report, saying that such a report would be of little or no help to the court.
“Undoubtedly he (Hutch) consumed a lot of drugs and alcohol during his relatively short life.
"He was motivated by malice in the crimes he committed. No doubt that he has had a tough life, but he is not suffering from any recognised psychological problem,” said Judge Nolan.
“For reasons only known to Hutch, he lost control and attacked the two injured parties,” he added.
Sergeant Emmet Brannigan told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that the first victim randomly met Hutch on the day in question as he was about to enter Noctor's pub on Sheriff Street.
The man, who was in a relationship with a former partner of Hutch's said, “What's up, are we ready for next week?” in reference to the upcoming First Communion of a child.
The victim later told gardaí that out of nowhere, Hutch pulled a knife from his back pocket and slashed him across the face.
The man said he turned and ran and that Hutch tried to chase him once or twice but was prevented by others outside the pub.
The victim was taken to the Mater Hospital where he required stitches for a serious facial laceration.
The court heard that over the following 24 hours, the victim's partner got two phone calls from Hutch, in which he threatened her and said, “ I'll have my day with you, you won't even see me coming.”
He also said, “I'll get you as well,” and said it wasn't a threat, “it's a promise.”
Footage was then played from both inside and outside the Holyhead Hostel the following day, showing a prolonged attack by Hutch on his girlfriend, during which he punched her 17 times.
A victim impact statement presented to the court from this woman said she wished Hutch well and wanted to move on from the incident.
Michael O Higgins SC, defending, said there was no gainsaying that the footage was “extremely harrowing” and had “high shock value”.
Counsel said Hutch wanted to apologise profusely to the victims and that he was profoundly remorseful and extremely ashamed of his actions.
Mr O Higgins said Hutch had had numerous early traumatic childhood experiences, as a result of which he was not able to cope with adult life.
He said Hutch started taking drugs at the age of 13 and became addicted to cocaine and alcohol but said he was “a different person when not in the throes of his addiction”.
Counsel pointed out that Hutch had got treatment for his drug addiction between 2013 and 2016 and had been free of convictions for a number of years.
The court heard that two of Hutch's family members were shot a short time after a shooting at Regency Hotel in February 2016, and that this had a very significant effect on Hutch.
Letters were handed to court from a local boxing club of which Hutch was a member and also from Merchant's Quay and the HSE confirming that Hutch had been offered residential treatment for drug addiction.
Hutch's mother died very recently while he was in custody, the court heard.
Judge Nolan said Hutch could change his life if he wanted to and was capable of reform.
He said although Hutch's guilty pleas were valuable, the case could have proceeded on the CCTV footage alone.
The sentence was backdated to August 25, 2021, when Hutch went into custody.
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