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===Murder of Trevor O'Neill, August 2016===
 
===Murder of Trevor O'Neill, August 2016===
 
Trevor O'Neill from [[Drimnagh]] was shot in a case of mistaken identity in Costa de la Calma, near [[Magaluf]], on 17 August 2016<ref name=ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill>{{cite news|url=http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/partner-of-innocent-trevor-oneill-says-their-children-are-petrified-after-he-was-shot-in-front-of-them-34975547.html|title=Partner of innocent Trevor O'Neill says their children are 'petrified' after he was shot in front of them|publisher=Irish Independent|first1=Ken|last1=Foy|first2=Robin|last2=Schiller|first3=Gerard|last3=Couzens|date=18 August 2016|access-date=18 August 2016}}</ref> He was shot five times in front of his family.<ref name=ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill/> Gardaí believe that he was mistaken for a member of the Hutch family by the Kinahan gang.<ref name=ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill/> He worked for [[Dublin City Council]].<ref name="ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill" />
 
Trevor O'Neill from [[Drimnagh]] was shot in a case of mistaken identity in Costa de la Calma, near [[Magaluf]], on 17 August 2016<ref name=ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill>{{cite news|url=http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/partner-of-innocent-trevor-oneill-says-their-children-are-petrified-after-he-was-shot-in-front-of-them-34975547.html|title=Partner of innocent Trevor O'Neill says their children are 'petrified' after he was shot in front of them|publisher=Irish Independent|first1=Ken|last1=Foy|first2=Robin|last2=Schiller|first3=Gerard|last3=Couzens|date=18 August 2016|access-date=18 August 2016}}</ref> He was shot five times in front of his family.<ref name=ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill/> Gardaí believe that he was mistaken for a member of the Hutch family by the Kinahan gang.<ref name=ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill/> He worked for [[Dublin City Council]].<ref name="ii-partner-of-trevor-oneill" />
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24 year-old Lee Boylan was shot three times and critically injured on 6 March 2019. He was driving a van on Blakestown Road in [[Clonsilla]] close to the scene of the murder of Boylan's friend Eric Fowler over two months previously. A [[BMW 3 Series]] that was involved in the shooting was found burnt out on nearby Saddlers Drive.<ref>https://www.thejournal.ie/shooting-mulhuddart-4527393-Mar2019/</ref>
 
24 year-old Lee Boylan was shot three times and critically injured on 6 March 2019. He was driving a van on Blakestown Road in [[Clonsilla]] close to the scene of the murder of Boylan's friend Eric Fowler over two months previously. A [[BMW 3 Series]] that was involved in the shooting was found burnt out on nearby Saddlers Drive.<ref>https://www.thejournal.ie/shooting-mulhuddart-4527393-Mar2019/</ref>
 
Boylan was an associate of the Kinahan cartel and it is unclear if they organised his shooting or if the Hutch gang were behind it.
 
Boylan was an associate of the Kinahan cartel and it is unclear if they organised his shooting or if the Hutch gang were behind it.
 
===References===
 
===Murder of Seán Little, May 2019===
 
22 year-old Seán Little was shot dead, and had his car set alight, on the evening of 21 May 2019. He had been lured to Walshestown, a remote rural area off Junction 5 on the M1, it is believed, in the hope of getting revenge for his close friend Zach Parker's death.<ref name="thej245"/> It is understood that Little had links to members of the Kinahan gang and that former associates, including Iranian-born hitman Hamid Sanambar, were responsible for his murder.<ref>https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/dublin-man-shot-dead-on-tuesday-named-as-sean-little-1.3900447</ref>
 
 
===Murder of Jordan Davis, May 2019===
 
Another associate of Seán Little, Jordan Davis, aged 22, was murdered in North Dublin whilst walking his 4 month old son in a pram a few hours after Seán Little was murdered, the gunman was on bicycle.<ref name="thej245"/><ref name="IM295"/><ref>{{cite news |url=https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/irishman-jordan-davis-tragic-last-16187684 |title=Irishman Jordan Davis' tragic last online post before being gunned down in Darndale, north Dublin |publisher=Irish Mirror |date=23 May 2019}}</ref>
 
 
===Murder of Hamid Sanambar, May 2019===
 
A few days after the death of Seán Little, at his wake, Hamid Sanambar, aged 41, a colleague of Seán Little and supposedly a hitman for hire who had worked for the Kinahan Cartel in the past, was shot five times by three men wearing balaclavas, he died in the garden of Seán Little, the three men escaping in a car that was later found burnt out.<ref name="thej245"/><ref name="IM295">{{cite news |url=https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/hamid-sanambar-dublin-shooting-coolock-16218146 |title=Slain gangland suspect Hamid Sanambar robbed thousands of euro from Cork city brothel |publisher=Irish Mirror |date=29 May 2019}}</ref> This killing may have been retaliation by friends of Parker, Little and Davis.<ref name="thej245"/>
 
 
===Murder of Vincent Parsons, August 2019===
 
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Vincent Parsons was attacked by two men from Tallaght in Dublin in Dublin two men beat Vincent to death at Killinarden estate in Tallaght Vincent Parsons from Clondalkin, was found with serious head injuries in the Killinarden estate in Tallaght Vincent was 34 year old He was socialising with friends in the Killinarden House Pub Tallaght, Vincent was Kicking in the Head and Smashed On was Dad two From Clondalin.<nowiki><ref>{{Cite news|last=Lally|first=Conor|date=27 August 2019|title=Murder victim Vincent Parsons ‘met very violent death’ - senior Garda officer|work=[[The Irish Times]]|url=https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/murder-victim-vincent-parsons-met-very-violent-death-senior-garda-officer-1.3998826|url-status=live|access-date=20 February 2021}}</ref></nowiki>'''
 
 
===Murder of Wayne Whelan, November 2019===
 
Wayne Whelan was found in a burning car in Lucan. west Dublin he wa shot dead Whelan was shot in September He was friend David Lynch was shot dead in March in Clondalkin Whelan was Muerererd in Lucan Whelan had links to the Kinahan gang was survived an attempt on his life earlier this Whelan was hitman and had previous convictions he was convicted criminal in West Dublin Wayne Whelan was reported missing by his family. friend with Mark Desmond was shot dead in Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan December 2016.<ref>{{Cite news|last=Reynolds|first=Paul|date=18 November 2019|title=[[H&R Pardner 12GA|cw-on-wedw-named-as-wayne-whelan1.120437]]|work=|url=|url-status=live|access-date=}}</ref>
 
 
===Murder of Eoin Boylan, November 2019===
 
Eoin Boylan was shot dead on 24 November 2019 in the garden of his home on Clonsaugh Avenue, Coolock, around 5:15pm.<ref name=rte-eoin-boylan-shooting>{{cite news|url=https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2019/1125/1094920-shooting/|title=Murder victim had been warned by gardaí life was in danger|publisher=RTE News|last=Reynolds|first=Paul|date=25 November 2019|access-date=26 November 2019}}</ref> He had been formally warned by Gardaí that his life was in danger and he was advised to leave the area for safety.<ref name=rte-eoin-boylan-shooting/> He only left for one night.<ref name=rte-eoin-boylan-shooting/> He had survived previous attempts on his life.<ref name=rte-eoin-boylan-shooting/> Gardaí are investigating if comments he may have made about Littles' murder are connected.<ref name=rte-eoin-boylan-shooting/>
 
 
==Arrest and conviction of Stephen Little and Edward McDonnell==
 
===Arrests===
 
On 14 September 2019 Gardaí pulled over a car at Lein Park, [[Harmonstown]] and arrested Stephen Little, 47, of Kilbarron Avenue, [[Kilmore, Dublin|Kilmore]] and Edward McDonnell of Waterside Apartments, New Ross, County Wexford.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court>{{Cite news|title=Father sentenced over attempt to avenge son's gang related death|url=https://www.rte.ie/news/courts/2020/0831/1162296-stephen-little-court/|last=Reynolds|first=Paul|date=31 August 2020|access-date=31 August 2020|publisher=RTE News}}</ref><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed>{{Cite news|title=Dublin man whose son was murdered last year jailed for six years after threatening to kill his son's killer|url=https://www.thejournal.ie/stephen-little-jailed-5191399-Aug2020/|last=Neilan|first=Paul|date=31 August 2020|access-date=31 August 2020|work=[[TheJournal.ie]]}}</ref> The Gardaí found they had a [[semi-automatic pistol]], two [[Balaclava (clothing)|balaclavas]], two baseball bats, gloves, mobile phones, a can of petrol and a long-handled lighter.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/> They were taken to Clontarf Garda station and Little told Gardaí after his arrest "had you given me another hour, I would have killed the bastard that killed him" and also "I lost my marriage and my son".<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/> Both men had been under surveillance by the [[Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau]].<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/>
 
 
===Trial===
 
The trial took place in the non-jury [[Special Criminal Court]].<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/>
 
 
Stephen Little pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a [[Grand Power]] G9 semi-automatic pistol at Lein Park, Harmonstown.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/> The court was told that if Little had not made the comment to Gardaí about being given another hour the case against him would have been weaker and he may not have been charged.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/>
 
 
Edward McDonnell initially pleaded not guilty but on the fifth day of the trial changed his plea to guilty to the same charge.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/> They were jailed for possession of a firearm under suspicious circumstances, an offence under section Section 27A (1) of the [[Firearms policy in the Republic of Ireland|Firearms Act]].<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/>
 
 
McDonnell had 47 previous convictions, including attempted robbery, sexual assault and assault causing harm.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/>
 
 
Mr Tony Hunt, the judge, said that the men were involved in serious and organised crime and that the "timely intervention" of Gardaí had prevented serious harm or death.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/>
 
 
====Sentencing====
 
Little was sentenced to six years imprisonment, McDonnell to nine.<ref name=rte-stephen-little-court/><ref name=tj-dublin-man-whose-son-was-murdered-last-year-jailed/>
 
 
==References==
 
 
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Hutch–Kinahan feud
Date 24 September 2015–present
Location Ireland and Spain
Deaths 19[1]
Arrest(s) ~60

The Hutch–Kinahan feud is a major ongoing feud between two criminal organizations in the Republic of Ireland that has resulted in the deaths of twenty people.[2] The Hutch gang, led by Gerry Hutch, and the Kinahan Family, led by Christy Kinahan, are the main participants.

The feud has taken the form of a large number of attacks, mostly shootings, on people associated with the Hutch and Kinahan gangs (though some have apparently been cases of mistaken identity). Most attacks have been in Dublin, a few elsewhere in Ireland, and some in Spain, including the initial murder of Gary Hutch which sparked off the feud.

Contents

Events[]

Murder of Gary Hutch, September 2015[]

The murder of Gary Hutch sparked off the long feud.[3]

Background[]

Gary Hutch, 34, was a nephew of Gerry Hutch and a prominent gangland figure. He was originally from Champions' Avenue on the north side of Dublin.[4] He was convicted of armed robbery; when he was released from prison, he moved to Spain and had been living there for eight years at the time of his death.[5] Gary Hutch had worked for the Kinahans, but they came to believe he was informing on them and on 4 August 2014 of organising a botched assassination attempt on his then boss, Daniel Kinahan in Marbella.[6]

Murder[]

Gary Hutch had survived an attack in August 2014, following a deal between the Kinahan and Hutch families to an agreement to allow a punishment shooting,[6] because on 3 August 2014 boxer Jamie Moore ended up being shot,[4][5][7] by mistake.[6]

On 24 September 2015, Gary Hutch was chased around a swimming pool by a balaclava-clad gunman who shot him dead in a private apartment complex in Miraflores near Marbella in Spain.[7] It is believed he was shot by associates of the Kinahan gang.[7]

Quinn trial in Spain[]

Dubliner James Quinn, a former boxer with a criminal record, was convicted of being involved in the murder by being a lookout and helping the killer to reach and flee the scene.[8][9][10] He was also found guilty of a second charge of illegal weapons possession.[8]

The state prosecutor called on the judge to jail Quinn for a total of 28 years - 25 for the murder and 3 for the weapons possession charges.[8][9] A life sentence was ruled out because jurors rejected the prosecution's claims that Quinn was a member of a criminal organisation despite the prosecution saying the killing was part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud.[8][9] The jury also found that it had not been proven that Quinn had been paid for the murder.[8][9]

Quinn is a nephew of Martin Foley, a criminal known as "the Viper" who was an associate of Martin Cahill.[11] He had worked as an enforcer for drug dealers and developed strong links with the Kinahans.[11]

Murder of Darren Kearns, December 2015[]

Darren Kearns was shot in front of his wife shortly after he left the Phoenix Chinese restaurant on Blackhorse Avenue on 30 December.[12] He had convictions for drug dealing and spent time in prison.[12] The Irish Times mentioned speculation that the Kinahan gang had mistakenly thought that he and David Douglas were behind a botched murder attempt of a member of the gang in November.[12]

Regency Hotel attack, February 2016[]

On 5 February 2016, a WBO boxing match for the European Lightweight title between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio João Bento was to take place at the Regency Hotel in Whitehall, Dublin. At the weigh-in, there was an organised armed attack; the match was cancelled after the shooting.[13] There were at least four attackers with masks, army style-helmets and flak jackets, two of whom were disguised as members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit and armed with AK-47s. An associate of the Kinahan cartel, David Byrne, was shot dead; security sources said that the gang had intended to kill others. Two men were injured and taken to the Mater Private Hospital and Beaumont Hospital.[13] It is believed that Daniel Kinahan, the son of Christy Kinahan, was the intended target, but he had left early. After the attack, security camera recordings suggested that six people had been involved, including a man disguised as a woman.[14] The attackers escaped in a Ford Transit van which was later found burnt-out.[13]

On 18 May 2016, Patrick Hutch, the brother of Gary Hutch, was charged at the Criminal Courts of Justice with the murder of David Byrne.[15][16] His trial for murder and possession of firearms was later set for January 2018 at the non-jury Special Criminal Court; he was denied bail.[17]

In October 2020 a 26 year old Hutch gang member was arrested with a Coolock criminal when garda detectives halted an alleged drugs handover in which over three kilos of cannabis were seized. The Kinahan cartel reportedly believe he was involved in the Regency Hotel attack.[18]

Murder of Eddie Hutch Snr, February 2016[]

Eddie Hutch Snr was shot dead at his North Strand home on 8 February 2016.[19] He was an uncle of Gary Hutch.[20] The motive for his death is suspected to be revenge for the death of David Byrne.[21][22]

On 5 February 2018, a man was arrested over the murder but was released without charge.

Murder of Vincent Ryan, February 2016[]

Vincent Ryan was shot dead while sitting in his car outside his partner's home in Finglas on 29 February 2016.[23] On 31 July 2019, Paul Ò Beirne and Jeffrey Morrow were sentenced to nine and 11 years, respectively, by the Dublin Criminal Court.[24]

Murder of Noel Duggan, March 2016[]

Noel Duggan was shot dead while sitting in his car outside his home in Ratoath, County Meath on 23 March 2016.[25] He was friends with Gerry Hutch from his youth and was nicknamed "Kingsize" because of his cigarette smuggling.[25][26]

Murder of Martin O'Rourke, April 2016[]

Martin O'Rourke was shot dead on 14 April 2016 on Lower Sheriff Street, Dublin.[7] His murder is believed to be a case of mistaken identity and part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud.[7][27]

Murder of Michael Barr, April 2016[]

Michael Barr was shot dead on 25 April 2016.[28] He was shot in the Sunset House in Summerhill, Dublin.[28] An Garda Síochána suspect he was killed by the Kinahan gang because of involvement with the shooting of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016. He had dissident republican links and is understood to have provided the weaponry involved in the attack. The dissident republicans broke off ties with the Hutch gang after Barr's murder.[29]

On 29 January 2018, the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin found Eamonn Cumberton (30) guilty of the murder of Michael Barr and sentenced him to life imprisonment.[30] It was later revealed that Cumberton was suspected of carrying out several more murders and suspected murders and of being a leading member of the New INLA. Michael Barr had been threatened many times by the New INLA when he lived in Strabane. On 11 September 2020, the Special Criminal Court found David Hunter, a 41-year-old man originally from Liverpool, also guilty of Barr's murder.[31] In November 2020 Hunter was jailed for life, backdated to April 2019.[32]

An additional man was arrested and charged with Barr's murder in December 2020.[33]

Arrest of two Kinahan associates, June 2016[]

Two men in their thirties were arrested by armed members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit and Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau on the Naas Dual carriageway on 18 June 2016.[34][35] A Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun was found in one man's car.[34][35] Both were linked to the Kinahan gang; one was a close associate of David Byrne. Gardaí believe they were planning to shoot someone.[34][35]

Murder of Gareth Hutch, 24 May 2016[]

On 24 May 2016, Gareth Hutch was shot several times by two attackers in the carpark of the Avondale House flats complex where he lived.[12] He was a minor figure in the criminal world.[12] In November 2018 the Special Criminal Court found Johnathan Keogh, his sister Regina Keogh and Thomas Fox guilty of the murder.[36][37] All three were sentenced to life imprisonment.[36][37]

Murder of David Douglas, July 2016[]

David Douglas was shot outside a shop he ran with his wife in Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, on 1 July 2016.[12] He had survived being shot the previous November.[12] In August 2018 'Fat' Freddy Thompson was found guilty of the murder by the Special Criminal Court.[38] In May 2020 a man in his 30s was arrested in connection with the murder after being extradited from the UK.[39] On arrival in Ireland, Lee Canavan was charged with the murder of Mr Douglas and criminal damage to a car on Strand Road in Sandymount on 4 July 2016.[40]

Murder of Trevor O'Neill, August 2016[]

Trevor O'Neill from Drimnagh was shot in a case of mistaken identity in Costa de la Calma, near Magaluf, on 17 August 2016[41] He was shot five times in front of his family.[41] Gardaí believe that he was mistaken for a member of the Hutch family by the Kinahan gang.[41] He worked for Dublin City Council.[41]

Murder of Philip Finnegan, September 2016[]

Philip Finnegan was found in woodland near Cadbury, Kildare

Murder of Noel Kirwan, December 2016[]

Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan, a close associate of Gerry Hutch, was shot dead in front of his partner outside his house in Ronanstown in west Dublin on 21 December 2016. It is believed he was killed simply because of his association with the Monk, as he was photographed talking to him at Eddie Hutch's funeral in February 2016.[42]

In May 2017, a man and woman in their 20s were arrested in north county Dublin then questioned at Lucan and Blanchardstown Garda stations.[43] They were reported to have been acting as "spotters" for the Kinahans to pay off a drug debt.[44] The role of "spotter" includes contacting the Kinahans when the target is spotted.[44]

Jason Keating, a 25 year-old from Rush, was brought to Blanchardstown District Court under armed escort on 8 May 2017.[45][46] Detective Sergeant Damien Gannon of Lucan Garda station told the court that Keating had been charged with the murder at Lucan Garda station, but that he had said nothing after caution.[45][46] Judge David McHugh remanded the accused to appear before Cloverhill District Court the following Friday.[45] Legal aid was granted to Keating.[45] In a murder case in the Republic of Ireland, bail can only be granted in the High Court.[45]

A woman in her 20s who had been arrested in connection in the investigation was released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.[45]

The charge of murder against Keating was dropped after he admitted participating in the activities of a criminal organisation and helping that gang to murder Mr Kirwan. In addition to fitting the tracker device under Mr Kirwan's car, Keating was also in the getaway car, in contact with the person monitoring the tracker's movements on a laptop and he conveyed those details to the person believed to have shot Mr Kirwan dead.

Keating was found guilty in and in December 2018 was sentenced to ten years. At his sentencing, Detective Inspector Mark O'Neill, also of Lucan Garda station, summed up the type of people who could be targeted in the feud: "All you have to do is be pictured beside a Hutch gang member."[47]

Knife attack on Tom Fox, March 2017[]

Tom Fox, on remand in Mountjoy Prison in relation to the shooting death of Gareth Hutch, was attacked on 28 March 2017 along with another inmate, suffering multiple stab wounds.[48]

Arrest of three Kinahan associates, April 2017[]

An Irish man in his thirties, another aged 58, and 58-year-old Estonian man Imre Arakas were arrested by armed members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit and Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau on 4 April 2017. They were arrested in Blakestown Road in Clonsilla in a safe house owned by Kinahan associate Eric Fowler who had allegedly tipped-off Gardaí, resulting in his death in December 2018. It is believed the Estonian may be a hired killer, brought into the country by the Kinahan gang to continue the feud. Drugs and a list of Hutch associates were found.[49] Only Mr Arakas was charged.

Shooting of James Gateley, May 2017[]

James 'Mago' Gateley, a 29-year-old long-term friend of Gary Hutch, had been hiding out in Belfast and Newry having fled his home in Dublin's north inner city. On 10 May 2017, he was shot fives times by a lone gunman in his car at the Topaz petrol station on the Clonshaugh Road in North Dublin.[50] It is believed a bullet-proof vest he was wearing saved his life as four shots went into in but he was also shot in the jaw, causing serious injuries.[50][51] Gately was in a red Mondeo and the shooter was in a black Lexus which pulled alongside the Mondeo before Gately was shot.[50] It was the second attempt on Gateley's life in six months.[50]

Trial of two men[]

In July 2020 two men were charged at the Special Criminal Court with involvement with the attempted murder of James Gately.[52][53] They were ordered to both reappear at the court on 8 July.[52][53]

On 8 July 2020 one of the men was granted bail despite Garda objections.[54]

On 5 January 2021 Caolan Smyth from Donore, County Meath was convicted of attempting to murder James Gately.[50] Gary McAreavey of Castlebellingham, County Louth was convicted of acting to impede an apprehension or prosecution by purchasing petrol and assisting in the burning out of the car used in the attempted murder at Newrath, Dromiskin, Co. Louth.[50] Sentencing is due on 25 January 2021.[50]

Murder of Michael Keogh, May 2017[]

Michael Keogh, who had minor links to the Kinahan gang, was shot dead on 31 May 2017. He was in his car in the underground car park of the apartment complex where he lived in Dorset Street in north inner city Dublin.[55][56] He had previous convictions for assaulting Gardaí and for firearms offences. He was before the courts in 2016 in relation to a firearms charge. He was also a known associate of Jason Molyneux and other Hutch gang members. It is believed the Kinahan cartel killed him because of this. However, he had links with numerous different criminals and Gardaí could not rule out that he was killed by another criminal gang or that he was set up to be killed by Molyneux.[57]

Murder of Kane McCormack, December 2017[]

24 year-old Kane McCormack was shot in the head on 1 December 2017. His body was found in Walterstown, Co. Meath between Leixlip and Dunboyne.[58][59] He was last seen alive at 5pm the previous day after telling his partner he was going to meet someone.[58][59] When he failed to return, his partner became concerned for his safety and contacted the Gardaí.[58] His car was later found at an Aldi supermarket in Clonee.[58]

Gardaí believe he parked his car at the Aldi in Clonee and then got into a black saloon-type car.[58] Gardaí in Finglas later received a call that a black Audi was on fire just off the M50 at Meakstown Cottages at about 6pm.[58][59]

Kane McCormack was a son of Noel Kirwan, who was had been shot about a year before as part of the feud between the Kinahans and Hutches.[60]

One line of inquiry is that the Kinahan gang believed he posed a threat to them because he wanted revenge for his fathers' death.[61] He had been officially warned by the Gardaí that his life was in danger.[61] McCormack had been caught with 50 rounds of .32 ammunition in November 2017.[61] It was suspected the ammunition was connected with dissident Republican extortion rackets.[61] Gardaí believe he had enemies other than the Kinehan gang.[61]

A man was arrested on suspicion of McCormack's murder on 17 December 2018 but was released without charge. On 6 March 2019, another man was arrested in Mountjoy Prison in connection with the murder but he too was released without charge.[62]

Murder of Derek Coakley-Hutch, January 2018[]

At about 3pm on 20 January 2018, Derek Coakley-Hutch was shot while he sat in a car in the Bridgeview halting site beside Cloverhill Prison.[63][64] He had gone to the prison earlier in the day to visit his brother Nathan, then returned to the area with two other men in a car. They were there to throw drugs over the prison wall.[65] The two men got out of the car and went to part of the halting site where horses were kept in a pen.[65] On hearing shots, they ran back to the car, which had moved a short distance.[65] They tried to resuscitate Coakley-Hutch, but he died at the scene.,[64] having been shot in the head a number of times.[64] He had been warned that his life was in danger.[64]

Gardaí believe the killers escaped in a black Volkswagen Golf that was set on fire at nearby Crag Avenue before transferring to a black Toyota Avensis which was found burned out at Snowdrop Walk, Darndale.[64][65] He had been warned his life was in danger.[64]

Derek Coakley-Hutch had a criminal record, having previously pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm during the robbery of a Spar in Styles Road, Clontarf on 11 June 2015.[66] He had carried the coffin of his uncle, Eddie Hutch, who had been shot as part of the feud.[64] He was also a nephew of Gerry Hutch.[64][65]

National Boxing Stadium shooting, January 2018[]

A member of the Hutch family was due to compete in a tournament on 26 January 2018. It began at the National Boxing Stadium on the South Circular road in Dublin, and there was a heavy Garda presence as a result.[citation needed] A car pulled up near the National Stadium at around about 9.45pm on the night of the tournament and fired at a man who is known to gardaí; he was hit in the foot as he ran towards Griffith College.[67][68][69][70] The second man, who was injured in the hand, is understood to have been a student at the college who had been walking nearby.[67][68][69][70] Both men, who were aged in their 40s and 20s, were taken to St James Hospital with injuries which were not life threatening.[67][68][69][70] Two cars were later found burnt-out in north Dublin.[67][68][69][70]

Murder of Jason Molyneux, January 2018[]

Jason Molyneux, a well-known Dublin criminal with 122 prior convictions, was shot dead on 30 January 2018. He was shot at the James Larkin House flats complex on the North Strand where he lived, and had just returned from the wake of his friend Derek Coakley-Hutch who had been shot dead 10 days earlier. The two-man hit team immediately drove from North Strand to the nearby East-Link Toll Bridge and abandoned their Renault Kango van. They returned two hours later and attempted to set fire to it.[71]

Arrest of three men, March 2018[]

Three men were arrested in a van in the car part of the Belmont apartments in Gardiner Street at 8am on 10 March 2018.[72][73] They were armed with a sub-machine gun, an automatic pistol and a revolver.[72] Another man was arrested later in the day and further searches were conducted in several locations in Dublin.[72] These searches yielded a machine gun and another firearm, a silencer and a quantity of ammunition.[72] Gardaí believed that the men were intending to attack Patsy Hutch, brother of Gerry Hutch.[72] Patsy's son Gary had been shot dead in Spain by the Kinahans in Spain in 2015.[72] Patsy himself has no connections to crime, but he has survived at least three attempts on his life and had been warned repeatedly by the Gardaí that his life was in danger.[72][73] Despite the threats on his life he has refused to move from his home.[72]

Gardaí believed that the men intended to create a disturbance that would draw Patsy out of his home and then attack him.[72]

Late on the night of 27 March 2018 three walls in the north inner city of Dublin near Patsy Hutch's home were daubed with the graffiti "Patsy dies feud ends".[73] Gardaí believe the graffiti was to draw Patsy out of his house in order to shoot him.[73]

Conviction of three men of attempt to murder Patsy Hutch[]

In June 2020, Michael Burns, Stephen Curtis and Ciarán O'Driscoll were jailed for a total of nineteen years for their parts in a plot to murder Patrick "Patsy" Hutch.[74] Burns was sentenced to nine years in prison while the other two were sentenced to five years each.[74][75] The execution was to be carried out for the Kinahan gang which is organised in a hierarchical structure with cells and subcells.[75]

Burns had received instructions on an encrypted phone from someone referred to as Suspect Number 1 and the evidence definitely involved in the preparation of the murder attempt.[74] Burns passed on instructions developed by others and was not at the top of the hierarchy.[74][75] Burns was also a supervisor in the plot who organised cars and phones.[75]

Curtis had acted in a more limited role that was nevertheless important - he was involved in meetings and had obtained phone and SIM cards for the hit teacm.[74][75] He was recorded expressing reservations about Suspect Number 1 and saying he wanted to get out of the gang.[74][75]

O'Driscoll would perform the role of watching Patsy Hutch's house until he emerged then alert the hit-team so they could shoot him.[74][75] His grandmother lived on Champions Avenue and he was useful to the gang as his presence on the road would not rouse any suspicions.[74] He took risks that were naive, such as using his own phone which assisted in his identification.[74][75] He did not stand to gain in any significant way and was told that his drug debt would be cleared.[74][75]

Conviction of remaining members[]

On 31 August 2020 Patrick Curtis, 38, of Bellman's Walk, Seville Place, Dublin 1 and Mohammed Smew, 27, of Milner's Square, Shanowen Road, Santry, Dublin 9 were jailed.[1][76][77] Curtis was sentenced to ten years while Smew was sentenced to seven years.[1][76][77]

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said both men were part of a sub-cell of the Kinahan organised crime organised crime group.[1][76][77] Patrick Curtis was the most senior member of the subcell and he was entrusted to take orders on an encrypted phone from someone at the highest level of the gang known by the pseudonym "Lordnose".[1][76][77] Gardaí were able to access some of the messages because Curtis could not remember all the instructions and photographed some of them on his own phone.[1][76][77]

Curtis had admitted directing the activities of a criminal cell between 1 February 2018 and 10 March 2018.[1][76][77]

Smew had pleaded guilty to participating in the activities of a criminal organisation, namely the murder of Mr. Hutch, by providing, moving and repairing vehicles and planning or assisting to plan an attempted shooting between 1 February 2018 and 3 March 2018.[1][76][77]

Smew was involved in planning and was part of the original hit team with Mark Capper, but he coult not take part because he was arrested in Tallaght for looting a Centra shop during Storm Emma.[1][76][77][78]

Their sentences were backdated to December 2019, when they were first arrested.[1][76][77]

Arrest of two Kinahan associates, July 2018[]

Two men were arrested in front of the SuperValu shop on Howth Road in Killester on 16 July 2018.[79] They were arrested by the Garda Emergency Response Unit who found a loaded handgun in their car.[79] The two men, aged 25 and 28, are known by Gardai to be connected to the Kinahan gang and it was suspected that they were targeting a member of the Hutch gang.[79]

Murder of Clive Staunton, November 2018[]

Clive Staunton, a street trader, was shot dead outside his home around 9:15pm on 15 November 2018.[80][81][82] He had been selling merchandise at the Beggars Bush junction before the Ireland v Northern Ireland match at the Aviva Stadium.[80][81][82] Normally he sold merchandise before and after matches, but he left during the game.[80][81][82] He arrived at his home in the Glen Easton estate in Leixlip around 9:10-1:15pm.[80][81][82] A gunman fired shots through the windscreen and drivers window - Staunton tried to escape but the gunman shot him twice in the head.[80][81][82] The gunman fled in a silver/grey Volvo 540 which was later found burnt out in Kilbride, County Wicklow.[80][81][82] Mr Staunton was originally from the Greek Street flats of Dublin, but had lived in Leixlip for more than 20 years.[80][81][82] He as a widower and was a distant relation through marriage of the Hutch family.[80][81][82] He had minor convictions for counterfeiting, but was never involved in serious criminality.[80][81][82] Gardai confirmed that a link to the feud was one element of the investigation.[80][81][82]

Murder of Eric Fowler, December 2018[]

In 22 December 2018, exactly two years after Noel Kirwan had been shot dead, 34-year-old Eric Fowler was shot in the head and killed at his home at Blakestown Cottages in Clonsilla.[83] Two gunmen waited outside the house before running up as he was locking his car.[83] He was shot a number of times in the head and collapsed at the side of the house despite trying to escape.[83] A silver Volkswagen Jetta was found burnt out at Rusheeny Green in Clonee.[83] Fowler had been formally warned by Gardaí that there was a credible threat to his life.[83] Gardaí said there were a number of lines of inquiry, but it was possible that it was connected to the local criminal feuds in Finglas and Blanchardstown or possibly to the Kinahan-Hutch feud.[83]

Murder of Zach Parker,January January 2019[]

Zach Parker, aged 23, was shot dead outside a gym in Swords in January 2019, it is believed he owed money to possibly the Gucci Gang, or the Finglas gang, both being drug gangs.[84][84]

Murders related to January 2019 gang feud[]

A sequence of murders and revenge attacks started in January 2019 with the killing of Zach Parker. The first killing was possibly for a drug debt linked to a drug gang.[84]

Collapse of trial of Patrick Hutch, February 2019[]

The trial of Patrick Hutch at the Criminal Courts of Justice for the murder of David Byrne collapsed on 20 February 2019, after the suicide of lead investigator, Detective Superintendent Colm Fox.[85] An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the Superintendent was launched by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.[86]

Lee Boylan shot, March 2019[]

24 year-old Lee Boylan was shot three times and critically injured on 6 March 2019. He was driving a van on Blakestown Road in Clonsilla close to the scene of the murder of Boylan's friend Eric Fowler over two months previously. A BMW 3 Series that was involved in the shooting was found burnt out on nearby Saddlers Drive.[87] Boylan was an associate of the Kinahan cartel and it is unclear if they organised his shooting or if the Hutch gang were behind it.

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