Gardaí believe they have enough evidence to charge him with the murder of drug dealer David Byrne
A Europe-wide operation is now under way to track down Hutch, after gardaí issued an alert on the Schengen system, informing law enforcement agencies that the crime boss is wanted on foot of an extradition order for murder in Ireland.
It follows a decision by the DPP that gardaí had enough evidence to charge him with the murder of crime figure David Byrne, a member of the Kinahan cartel.
He was shot dead when a five-strong squad – including three men dressed as ERU members armed with AK47 rifles – attacked at a boxing weigh-in on February 5, 2016.
Hutch went into hiding shortly after the Regency incident which sparked a vicious gangland feud in Dublin that claimed 18 lives including those of two completely innocent men.
The death toll included Gerry Hutch’s brother, Eddie, three of his nephews and two of his best friends.
The Irish Independent has revealed that senior gardaí are confident Hutch, who is believed to be moving between locations in Spain and Turkey, will now be apprehended within days.
It has also been reported that Hutch is likely to face further serious charges, including attempted murder and possession of firearms, when he is returned to this jurisdiction.
Gardaí believe the Regency attack was planned to murder cartel boss Daniel Kinahan and several of his lieutenants.
It was planned in revenge for the murder of Gerry Hutch’s nephew, Gary, by Kinahan’s men in September 2015. This was followed by an attempt to assassinate Gerry Hutch in Lanzarote three months later, on New Year’s Eve.
However, Kinahan and his close associates, including David Byrne’s brother Liam, managed to escape through a back door of the hotel.
According to sources close to the former armed robber who spoke to the Irish Independent last year Hutch claimed he had been “left with no choice” but to strike back.
He believed the Kinahans could not be trusted and would not give up in trying to have him killed.
The trial of Patrick Hutch (26) collapsed following the tragic death of the officer in charge of the inquiry, Detective Superintendent Colm Fox.
It was the State’s case that Patrick Hutch was the gunman dressed as a woman and although he did not shoot David Byrne, he was part of a “shared intention” to commit the offence. Patrick Hutch had denied the charges.
In February 2019, the DPP entered a nolle prosequi and dropped the charges against Patrick Hutch.