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Soviet gun Police probe Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch link to pistol used in murder of republican 'Jock' Davison

Hutch was dramatically arrested last week in Spain on a European Arrest Warrant

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Gerard 'Jock' Davison

Gerard 'Jock' Davison

Gerard 'Jock' Davison

Police in Northern Ireland want to question Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch about the origins of the gun used in the murder of veteran republican Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison in 2015, the Belfast Telegraph have reported.

The report says Kevin McGuigan, suspected to have been the trigger man in the Davison murder, sourced the ‘clean’ gun used in the murder, a Soviet Makarov 9mm pistol, in the Republic of Ireland.

Speaking as part of a Crimewatch program focussing on the Davison murder in 2015, a PSNI detective said the pistol was “relatively unusual in Northern Ireland”.

He added: “They are more common in Dublin, so that’s a definite line of enquiry. We are as a result working with gardaí on that.”

It is believed Davison was murdered by his one-time friend Kevin McGuigan as he was walking to work in the Market area of Belfast in May of that year.

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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Davison had previously been told by police that his life was under threat about a month before he was shot.

It was heard at a preliminary inquest into the murder of Davison back in March that the gun used to kill him was smuggled into the Ireland by drug dealers before being moved north.

Just a few months after the murder of Davison, McGuigan himself was shot dead in an apparent retaliation.

He was gunned down outside his home in the Short Strand area of the city by two masked men.

McGuigan was one of the Provos' hitmen, and a member of their group Direct Action Against Drugs (DAAD), an organisation which murdered more than a dozen people who were thought to be dealing drugs outside the umbrella of the PIRA.

One of the men involved in the Regency Hotel attack, Kevin Murray, who died in 2017 from motor neurone disease was a member of a similar group, Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) which has strong links to the New IRA.

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Davison was also a member of the group, and it is suspected that McGuigan carried out hits alongside his one-time ally Davison.

However, the pair had a falling out, and Davison is said to have ordered a punishment shooting on McGuigan.

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A Soviet Makarov 9mm pistol

A Soviet Makarov 9mm pistol

A Soviet Makarov 9mm pistol

The new information surrounding the provenance of the Makarov pistol comes as Hutch faces extradition to the Republic of Ireland from Spain.

Last week Hutch was arrested in his hideaway in the holiday resort of Fuengirola.

The 58-year-old is currently being held in a Spanish high security prison where he faces being extradited back to Ireland in connection with the Regency Hotel gun attack in Dublin in which Kinahan cartel man David Byrne was murdered in 2016.

Gardai travelled to Spain to work with authorities there in order to identify Hutch, who was detained on a European Arrest Warrant when Spanish cops swooped on him as he prepared to order a meal in a Spanish restaurant while he was with a female companion.

The dramatic moment was captured on video as undercover cops dressed as tourists approached his table while ‘The Monk’ looked at a menu.

Shocked customers were seen looking on as Spanish cops showed their ID and explained to Hutch that he was being arrested on the European warrant.

It has since emerged Hutch was carrying a false Croatian passport when he was arrested.

The career criminal had been lying low after the European Arrest Warrant was issued for him back in April, when he stopped using the bank accounts he had in his own name.

It is understood Hutch has been uncooperative since his arrest and is planning to challenge his extradition.

He appeared in court in Madrid on Saturday before being returned to prison.

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