The Monk ‘fled Spain just before gardai secured warrant for his extradition’
24th April 2021
Gerry “The Monk” Hutch fled his Spanish bolthole just days before gardai secured a European Arrest Warrant for him, it has emerged.
Sources have said gardai investigating the Hutch gang’s murder of Daniel Kinahan associate David Byrne in Dublin in February 2016 were within a hair’s breadth of seeing him captured in the sun isle of Lanzarote – but the escaped just as they were securing the warrant in the High Court.
Officers were aware he was in Lanzarote but Spanish cops there had no legal right to arrest him – as the warrant had not been issued.
Hutch, 57, vanished from the the resort of Puerto Del Carmen at short notice – narrowly avoiding arrest by Spanish police.
“Another few days and he would have been in custody,” a source told The Star last night.
“He used up another of his nine lives.”
Officers believe Hutch’s instincts kicked in and he got out of the area fearing cops were about to move against him.
“He may never be caught,” one source said last night.
Gardai have been tracking the Dubliner since he left Ireland in 2016 – as he has always been a formal suspect for the Regency Airport Hotel gun attack in the city that February that saw Byrne, 34, shot dead and two others injured,
The attack by a 12-strong gang, including five gunmen, was an attempt by the Hutch mob to take out cartel boss Daniel Kinahan, 43 – but they missed him by seconds.
Hutch moved away from Ireland for good when his brother Eddie, 58, was gunned down by the Kinahans in revenge three days after the Regency – but gardai always had him down as a suspect for the hotel attack.
They spent years working on the probe and three months ago we revealed that they had formally asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge Hutch with Byrne’s murder.
The DPP spent weeks examining the evidence and at the start of this month agreed to the murder charge request.
Gardai knew Hutch, regarded as one of Ireland’s most veteran and able criminals, was moving between Spain, Turkey, Holland and Belgium and went to court to seek a European Arrest warrant for him.
That would have allowed cops in any EU country to arrest him on sight. And they were also hopeful that Turkey, which is not in the EU, would arrest and deport Hutch on their request.
But the plan suffered a massive setback when the ultra suspicious Hutch got spooked and fled Lanzarote just as the EAW was being processed.
Officers from Ballymun Station, which is the base for the Regency inquiry, are now liaising with Garda HQ to ask European police forces for help in finding Hutch.
But sources have warned that Hutch could be almost impossible to snare.
“It was hard keeping tabs on him when he was only a suspect,” one source said,
“He moved around so much because the Kinahans have a contract on his head. It will be even more difficult now there is a charge sheet on him.
“He has contacts that will help him disappear.