How ‘model prisoner’ Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch will spend first Christmas without family for decades
The Monk will only be allowed clothes as presents
It will be lonely this Christmas for locked-up murder accused Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.
He will be having his festive dinner of turkey and ham on his own in his cell at Wheatfield Prison.
The Dubliner was arrested in a Spanish restaurant in August after an international manhunt before being extradited back to Ireland on a murder charge.
A prison source said: “This will be his first Christmas without his family for decades so it will be hard for him.”
The Monk will only be allowed clothes as presents and they had to be posted to the jail two weeks ago.
All electronic devices that have communication tools are banned but the PlayStation 2 is allowed.
In normal times inmates are allowed to see family visitors on Christmas Eve, however, the numbers are reduced because of the pandemic
But if Hutch or any other prisoner physically touches a loved one they are put into isolation as a precaution against the virus.
The 58-year-old is being held in what is nicknamed the “Hutch landing” with 13 other prisoners on a special high-security 3G wing of the Dublin prison.
They are deliberately kept together after apparent death threats against them from the Kinahan drugs cartel.
An ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs has claimed 18 lives, the vast majority of them Hutches.
Everyone on the Hutch wing is permitted to mix and exercise together when they are let out of their cells.
The source added: “It will be a lonely Christmas for Gerry.
“It is the only day of the year that prisoners will get a full Irish fry for their breakfast and he will be given it in his cell at 8am.
“He will then be let out from 9.30 to around 11 to mingle with the other prisoners.
“Gerry and the rest of them will get their Christmas dinner from 11.30 onwards and it will be the full works.
“They will eat it in the cells where they will remain until around 2.30 so the prison staff can have their dinner. They will then have another two hours or so out of their cells if they wish until around 5pm when they get their tea and then be locked up early for the night.
“The prisoners all have televisions in their cells so they can spend the night watching telly. Few ever complain and just get on with it.”
Hutch is due to stand trial next year for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016.
He has taken legal action to try and get the case heard before a jury at the Central Criminal Court.
The Monk was captured after being spotted by police in Fuengirola, Spain. He had evaded an international arrest warrant for several months and had been moving between mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and Turkey.
He had been staying in a small apartment overlooking a square in the popular resort on the Costa del Sol and was arrested while he had dinner in an Italian restaurant with his wife.
The Spanish had him under surveillance for several days after a tip-off.
He had been living a very quiet life in his Costa bolthole only venturing out for meals
Hutch was flown back to Ireland a few days later accompanied by gardai on a private Irish Air Corps plane.
Despite the security risks his family have visited him a number of times in prison
He has now grown a beard and is regarded as a model prisoner by the authorities at Wheatfield.
The source said: “Gerry has caused us no problems since he arrived here.
“It is his first time back in jail in over 30 years. He is surrounded by his associates and they all just keep their heads down and get on with it.”