Man further remanded in custody in connection with feud killing

Gareth Hutch, who was killed in Dublin in May.

A 29-year-old man, charged with unlawful possession of a handgun in connection with the gang murder of Gareth Hutch in Dublin, has been further remanded in custody.

Gareth Hutch, a 35-year-old father of one and a nephew of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, was shot dead as he was getting into his car at Avondale House flats, where he lived, on North Cumberland St in inner city Dublin, on the morning of May 24.

Thomas Fox, who has an address at Rutland Court in north inner-city Dublin, is charged with unlawful possession of of a Makarov 9mm handgun at Avondale House on May 23, a day before the shooting.

The charge is contrary to section 27A of the Firearms Act, which can carry a sentence of up to 14 years.

He was refused bail by Dublin District Court on June 1 and remanded in custody. He faced his sixth hearing yesterday as he appeared before Judge Conal Gibbons via video-link at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Gibbons heard that the State was seeking a four-week adjournment to allow time for the DPP’s directions to be obtained.

The defence asked the court to note that the accused has been in custody since June 1 on the one charge before the court.

A State solicitor told Judge Gibbons that the case file contained nine or 10 volumes.

The judge agreed to the prosecution’s request. Mr Fox was further remanded in custody and will face his next hearing via video-link on September 14, when the case will be listed for the DPP’s directions to be given.

The court has heard that the investigation has involved the examination of 5,000 hours of CCTV, and 350 statements have been taken.

He is one of two people before the courts charged in connection with the shooting.

Mary McDonnell, aged 43, with an address at Avondale House, North Cumberland St, has also been charged and is accused of withholding information from gardaí investigating Gareth Hutch’s murder.

She is accused of failing, without reasonable excuse, to disclose information to the gardaí as soon as was practicable, information she knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any other person for a serious offence.

The charge is under section 9 of the Offences Against the State Act and the offence is alleged to have happened at an address at Avondale House on May 24.

She is on bail and is due back in court in September. She has not yet entered a plea.

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