Tighter security at boxing fight after gang killing

Garda security arrangements are expected to be put in place for a potential flashpoint between gangland figures following the burial yesterday of murdered criminal Gary Hutch.

Senior officers fear a forthcoming boxing match in Dublin, involving a club associated with a feared Irish trafficking syndicate, could spark a revenge attack for Hutch’s death.

The 34-year-old was gunned down at his apartment complex in Miraflores, on Spain’s Costa del Sol a fortnight ago.

Gardaí suspect he was murdered by a major Irish criminal network, based in Spain and led by a convicted drug dealer.

Detectives expect associates of Gary Hutch will be looking to retaliate.

The garda fears come despite a family member’s call at Hutch’s funeral yesterday for there to be no revenge.

“We do not want retaliation,” she said. “We don’t wish our pain on any other family. Let God be our judge.”

A large crowd gathered at the family’s local church on Sean McDermott St, in Dublin’s north inner city, for the funeral.

The mourners were led by his parents Patsy and Kay and daughter Leonie. His uncle, former crime boss Gerry “The Monk” Hutch, was not seen at the funeral.

The deceased’s brother, Derek, was released from the country’s high security prison on Sunday to visit the remains.

The 30-year-old, who is serving time for manslaughter, a cash-in-transit robbery and gun crime had been escorted from Portlaoise Prison to the funeral home for a visit.

Detectives are now preparing for any potential revenge in Dublin.

Eyes are on a boxing event in November at the National Stadium involving a boxer attached to a Marbella gym controlled by senior lieutenants in the gang.

The senior members regularly attend their fights here.

Detectives in two garda districts — Kevin St Station and Sundrive Rd Station — are likely to lead a security response before, during, and after the fight.

Hutch was a senior member of the gang but was believed to have fallen out with others in recent years after keeping some of the proceeds of drug supplies himself.

However, some Garda sources said the gang may have “overstepped the line” in killing him.

“They may have bitten off more than they can chew,” said one source.

“His associates are not going to take this lying down, without a shadow of a doubt. They have money and have very good connections, both here and across Europe.”


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