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Gardaí canvas street where Ukranian gran struck by Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch for witnesses to crash

The woman was rushed to the Mater Hospital where it is understood she remains in a serious condition.
Scene of the road accident on Amiens Street and inset Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch

Scene of the road accident on Amiens Street and inset Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch

Clodagh Meaney

Gardaí have been canvassing Amiens Street and the surrounding area in Dublin 1 as they seek witnesses to the motorcycle crash that left pedestrian Velentyna Linok (61), a Ukrainian refugee, in hospital.

The grandmother was struck by a motorcycle driven by convicted killer Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch at approximately 1.20pm on Friday May 27th.

Taking to the streets today Gardaí from Store Street asked pedestrians if they were in the area at the same time last week, when the incident took place.

They are appealing for any witnesses who were in the North Strand/Amien Street areas between 1pm and 2:00pm who may have footage (including Dash Cam) to make it available to them.

Gardaí are also keen for anyone who may have witnessed a motorcycle in the area at this time to contact them.

Linok was rushed to the Mater Hospital where it is understood she remains in a serious condition.

Meanwhile, Hutch, nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was also taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

It emerged that the convicted armed robber, who was released from prison last year, did a u-turn to avoid a gardai patrol car just minutes before the motorbike he was driving hit the woman on Friday afternoon.

He passed an alcohol breath test at the scene of the incident.

The scene of a serious accident on Amiens Street

The scene of a serious accident on Amiens Street

Investigating detectives also secured a blood sample from Hutch in hospital in the aftermath of the crash for a further toxicology screen to determine if there were any drugs in his system at the time of the crash.

Speaking to Sunday World, the woman’s daughter, Anastasiia, said: "Please pray for my mother to heal."

It's understood Velentyna, Anastasiia and the younger woman's child fled to Ireland from Putin's war in Ukraine in recent weeks and were staying on Amiens Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Store Street Garda Station on 01 666 8000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Prior to his release from prison, Hutch was formally warned by Gardaí that there is a serious threat to his life.

The threat originates from the Kinahan cartel who have already murdered his brother Gary, uncle Eddie, and cousins Gareth and Derek 'Coakley' Hutch.

The warning came after the conclusion of a 16-year sentence he received in 2012 for his role in an armed raid in May 2009 in Lucan, west Dublin, during which his pal Gareth Molloy was shot dead by Gardaí.

He had served lengthy concurrent sentences for offences including manslaughter, robbery and firearms offences and has been far from a model prisoner after getting into a number of scrapes behind bars.

He previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Barry Maguire (23) on December 26, 2007 at Milltown Estate in Ashbourne.

Since his release, he has been spotted walking around the city centre since his release wearing body armour for his own protection.

He is the older brother of Patrick Hutch (30) who went on trial and was later acquitted of the Regency Hotel murder of David Byrne in February 2016.

His uncle Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is among those set to go on trial for the same murder later this year.


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