Monk’s brother attends funeral of his sibling’s close pal as Hutch remains in Spanish jail
- Older brother of jailed crime boss Gerry Hutch attends funeral of one of The Monk’s longest term associates
- Patsy showed up at both the mass and graveyard – despite the fact that he remains one of the biggest targets for the Kinahan cartel
August 18 2021 02:02 PM
The older brother of jailed crime boss Gerry Hutch attended the funeral of one of The Monk’s longest term associates in north Dublin today, where it is thought he paid respects from his brother who was arrested in Spain last week.
Patrick ‘Patsy’ Hutch attended the funeral in Swords of well known criminal Tommy ‘The Zombie’ Savage who died of natural causes last week at the age of 71.
He was wearing a face mask, a flat cap, jeans and a dark jacket.
Patsy arrived at the funeral on his own and drove back to his north inner city home after Savage was buried at Dardistown Cemetery.
Patsy showed up at both the mass and graveyard despite the fact that he remains one of the biggest targets for the Kinahan cartel in their feud with the Hutch mob, which has claimed 18 lives.
Savage was a convicted drug smuggler and former member of the INLA who was considered a major player in Ireland’s underworld in his heyday and had traditionally close links to ‘The Monk’ who is currently languishing in a Madrid prison.
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Savage was also a key associate of George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell and he has convictions for armed robbery, theft and violence and became involved with the INLA in the late 1970s and was jailed in Greece in 2006 for smuggling €50m worth of cannabis.
“Gerry Hutch and Savage would have went back a long way and were involved in various criminal schemes together.
“Savage was over a decade older than ‘The Monk’ and was involved in organised crime before he was” a source said.
“It is unknown if Gerry knows that Savage has died but in reality it would be highly unlikely that he would have shown up even if he had not been arrested last week,” the source added.
Savage is understood not to have been involved in organised crime in recent years despite surviving an assassination attempt near his Swords home in October, 2016.
While sitting in Renault Clio car in Rathbeale Crescent in Swords when gunman fired up to eight shots leaving the car riddled with bullets but somehow Savage managed to avoid any injury.
Savage had a long career in criminality despite various threats and attempts against his life over the year.
He was initially involved with Saor Eire and then the Official IRA before joining the INLA in the 1970s.
He served a nine-year sentence on the INLA wing in Portlaoise after being convicted of armed robbery.
After his release from prison he became heavily involved in the drugs business and also had strong ties to organised crime figures in Cork.
In the early 1990’, he based himself in Amsterdam from where he organised major international weapons and drugs shipments and forged links with George ‘the Penguin’ Mitchell and John Cunningham.
He also established strong links with international crime gangs and was a key figure in organising shipments into Europe from other continents.
In 2004 he was arrested in Amsterdam over a €50m drugs haul seized in Greece seven years previously.
He was sentenced to six years in prison in 2006 in connection with the haul.
Meanwhile Patsy Hutch (61) remains under grave threat from the Kinahan cartel and gardai have been continuing to closely monitor his home after his son Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch moved back there after being released from prison last month.
Patsy Hutch has always maintained he has had no involvement in his brother’s gangland activities.
Gardai have made a number of interventions which have saved Patsy’s life and a number of criminals have been convicted in relation to an elaborate plot to murder him in 2018.
The last known attempted murder of Patsy happened in late November, 2018, when he was shot at after being lured to a “meeting” in Ballymun.
Sources have revealed that a “nervous hitmen” pumped five bullets into the car from just four feet away from the vehicle but failed to injure either Hutch or his associate Gary Hanley.
Two more suspected hits were foiled in 2016 after gardai from the Crime and Security Section received intelligence of an imminent threat on Patsy Hutch’s life.
Both incidents, just weeks apart, led to heavily armed gardai from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) flooding Champion’s Avenue where he lives.