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Dublin gangland murder victim Gareth Hutch 'feared he was feud target'

By Ed Carty

Published 25/05/2016

Victim Gareth Hutch
Victim Gareth Hutch
Forensic experts at the scene of a shooting in Dublin

A man shot dead near his flat in Dublin had sought help in getting a new home just a day earlier because he feared he was a target in a gangland feud.

Gareth Hutch, who was in his 30s and the father of a young boy, was murdered yesterday morning in the Avondale House complex in Cumberland Street North, a few hundred yards from O'Connell Street.

He is believed to be the seventh victim of the bloody dispute between the Kinahan and Hutch families.

Mr Hutch is understood to have appealed to Dublin City Council housing officers to move him from the flats because he was in fear for his life and looked after his son four days a week.

He was also concerned that the flat he was living in was an easy target as a balcony could be accessed from the ground and he claimed CCTV did not cover that part of the complex.

Nial Ring, a local councillor, said Mr Hutch had been to his office on Monday to ask for help.

"He was up in my office just yesterday," he said.

"I did out a letter for him. He was to go to the corporation this morning looking for a transfer because his life was in danger.

"I'm shocked. He was literally with me yesterday."

Mr Hutch had been charged in relation to a cash-in-transit robbery in Lucan in 2009 but disappeared before the trial and was later extradited from Holland.

It is understood he was in a car in the courtyard of Avondale House at about 10am yesterday when he was shot a number of times. He was rushed to the Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead, gardai said.

Mr Hutch is a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, whose family and associates have been repeatedly targeted by underworld rivals since the audacious AK47 gun attack on a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in north Dublin in February.

David Byrne, from the Crumlin area of Dublin and an associate of the Kinahan family, was murdered in that incident.

His killing was said to have been in retaliation for the fatal shooting of Gary Hutch in September last year on the Costa del Sol after he fell foul of the Kinahan outfit.

Detectives based nearby at Mountjoy appealed for anyone who was in the Cumberland Street North area on Tuesday morning or who has any information to come forward.

The scene of the shooting has been sealed off and a technical examination of the area is planned. If confirmed, it will be the sixth gun murder linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud since the Regency.

One of the victims of the feud was innocent father-of-three Martin O'Rourke, who was killed in crossfire outside Noctor's bar on Sheriff Street in Dublin when a gunman on a bike tried to murder another associate of the Hutch family.

Six of the killings have been blamed on gunmen connected to the Kinahans.

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