Gerry the Monk Hutch, gets his First Visit in Prison?

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Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch visited by wife and son in prison for first time since dramatic arrest

Hutch, 58, who is locked up in Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison, got two formal visits — one from his wife Patricia, and another from one of his sons in recent days, sources have confirmed

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Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch arriving at Spain's Malaga Airport with his wife
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch arriving at Spain’s Malaga Airport with his wife

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Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch has now had visits from his loyal wife and son behind bars, it has emerged.

Hutch, 58, who is locked up in Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison, got two formal visits — one from his wife Patricia, and another from one of his sons in recent days, sources have confirmed.

It is understood that the high-profile prisoner, who remains the top target of the Kinahan cartel, spent 15 minutes with his devoted wife — who spoke to him from behind a perspex screen.

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It comes after we revealed last week how the planned visitations had caused security concerns for prison bosses and gardai alike.

Mrs Hutch, who stood by her husband’s side as he evaded authorities in Spain, was required to go through airport-like security checks at the prison, before being brought in to see her husband — while being required to wear a mask.

This was the first time the pair were able to meet one another since ‘The Monk’ was dramatically arrested on the tarmac of Baldonnel Airport on the evening of September 29 — after being flown in from Spain that day.

Sources say despite ongoing security concerns, Hutch is entitled to regular visits — and his wife and son have now opted to take that opportunity.

It is understood family members and associates have been advised to steer clear and to take note of ongoing threats to their lives.

Hutch’s wife Patricia has stood by his side ever since he fled Ireland in 2016 — moving between Lanzarote, mainland Spain, Turkey and Holland to evade the ruthless Kinahan cartel which carried out the murder of his brother, two close asso ciates, and three nephews.

She also was seen by The Monk’s side as officers from the Guardia Civil monitored his movements in Fuengirola — months after he had fled after allegedly being tipped off about the impending European Arrest Warrant issued against him.

When officers eventually did lift Gerry at a pizza restaurant, she was again by his side, watching on as her husband was finally arrested — months after the warrant had been issued.

Several measures have already been taken to ensure The Monk is extremely well protected in prison, to the extent that he is quite isolated inside the jail.

So far Hutch has not appeared to have taken any steps to apply for any bail — though he could mount a case before the High Court if he wishes.

Consideration has already been made to move a number of prisoners off the ‘3G’ Wing where Hutch is housed, while he has also been placed in a cell that is not visible from the outside — in an effort to fend off any drones.

Gardai are also understood to be operating round-the-clock surveillance of the prison itself in further efforts to maintain top-level security around Hutch.

When The Monk was flown into Ireland and brought before the court last month, he had to first be presented at Portlaoise Prison, where all remand prisoners who are charged before the Special Criminal Court must first go.

However, officers knew that many of Hutch’s enemies, including key Kinahan cartel members Freddie Thompson and Jonathan Keogh, were imprisoned there, and there was no way he could be kept there too.

Hutch was transported under armed guard to Portlaoise Prison, arriving at the maximum-security facility at around midnight.

There, officers completed the necessary paperwork to authorise transporting Hutch from Portlaoise, where all Special Criminal Court prisoners normally go, to Wheatfield Prison.

It is understood Hutch was left sitting in a blacked-out van under armed guard as the paperwork was signed inside the prison.

Following the signing of papers, Hutch was then transported back to Dublin in the middle of the night — arriving at Wheatfield at around 2am.

The Monk is now understood to be sharing the same landing as co-accused Jonathan Dowdall — the former Sinn Fein councillor.

Dowdall, 43, has also been charged at the non-jury Special Criminal Court with the murder of Kinahan cartel gangster David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016.

Jonathan’s father Patrick, 64, who is alleged to have had knowledge of a criminal gang and helping it carry out the murder of David Byrne, is also housed in the same area.subType=news_story

Also on the wing is Hutch associate Glen Kavanagh, 46, who is serving a 12-year sentence after he fired eight shots from a semi-automatic pistol during the robbery of a post office in Blackrock in January, 2016.

Hutch’s detention in Ireland comes at the end of a lengthy investigation by gardai in Ballymun into the gangland murder of David Byrne.

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