The Monk lays, Down the Law, in the Jail Yard, No Drugs?

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Gerry The Monk Hutch makes incredible statement in prison yard to stamp out spread of drugs

Hutch, who is currently on trial for the murder of David Byrne, was flanked by other prisoners

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch made a dramatic spectacle in a prison yard – in an apparent effort to stop drugs from coming in.

The Star has learned that Hutch, 59, took a stand against the spread of drugs in Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison – by making a stunning statement in front of several fellow prisoners.

It is understood that Hutch, who rarely leaves his cell, was flanked by several prisoners who were affiliated with him when he went into the prison yard and gave a warning.

“It was very dramatic,” a source told this paper.

“He personally came down to the yard with other prisoners who would be loyal to him and warned several people not to get involved in bringing drugs in.

“Gerry Hutch is something of a celebrity to these prisoners, and they took him very seriously.”

Sources say there was a noticeable drop in incidents of drugs being discovered following this incident – but prison bosses remain on alert and are constantly deploying tactics to prevent contraband from coming in.

Sources say prison staff are being realistic about the situation, and do not expect the words of any one prisoner to necessarily stop gangs from trying to bring contraband in.

The unprecedented intervention occurred while Hutch was being held on remand in Wheatfield Prison and was awaiting trial for the murder of David Byrne in Dublin’s Regency Hotel.

It is understood Hutch is housed on a wing that sources describe as being “half empty” – and he mostly keeps to himself, isolated in his own cell.

Wheatfield Prison (Image: Collins Photo Agency)

His arrival into the yard, where he is free to mix with other prisoners, was a rare event, sources say.

It comes as the notorious figure is set to appear again before the Special Criminal Court today – for the ninth day of his high-profile trial.

Hutch is driven from the prison into the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin via armed-guard for every day of his trial – which is set to last at least 12 weeks.

He remains a top target of the Kinahan cartel – with the court being watched at all times by armed gardai.

Members of the Garda Public Order Unit and the Armed Response Unit are also deployed around the building – while members of the public are allowed to attend the trial.

So far the trial has been shown numerous clips taken from hours of CCTV footage obtained by investigating gardai.

It has also heard evidence from members of the Garda National Surveillance Unit (NSU) about the alleged movements of the accused and former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall in the days following the Regency Hotel attack.

Gerry Hutch
Gerry Hutch (Image: Paddy Cummins/

Hutch has plead not guilty to the murder of David Byrne – a key lieutenant within the Kinahan cartel.

Byrne, 34, was shot dead in the reception area of the Regency after a six man hit-team stormed the hotel during a boxing-weigh-in event.

The team – three of whom were disguised as gardai and armed with Kalashnikov rifles, terrorised the event, which was attended by over 200 people, as they searched for their target – mob boss Daniel Kinahan.

The others involved were the driver of the getaway van, a man who was dressed in drag – and Strabane native Kevin Murray, who made no effort to conceal his identity during the shocking incident.

Murray later died as a result of Motor Neurone disease before he could be extradited to the Republic to face a charge over the Regency attack.

According to Prosecuting Counsel Sean Gillane SC, the State will allege that the Regency Hotel attack was “carried out by a group of people – of which Mr Hutch (Gerry Hutch) was one.”

Mr Gillane also outlined in his opening statement to the non-jury trial that Jonathan Dowdall, who has since been jailed for his role in facilitating the murder of Byrne, made several allegations about Mr Hutch.

He told the court that it is alleged that Hutch “contacted Jonathan Dowdall and arranged to meet him” in a park in the Whitehall area of Dublin – in the days following the killing of David Byrne.

Gerry `The Monk` Hutch. (Image: Julien Behal /PA Wire)

The alleged meeting was arranged following the publication of a photo in the Sunday World newspaper of a gunman in drag and another gunman in a flat cap running from the Regency Hotel.

The State alleges that Dowdall drove to meet Hutch at the park and in the course of their discussion Mr Hutch was described as being “worked up” and “edgy” as they discussed the photo that had been published.

Mr Gillane went on to say that it is alleged that “in the course of that discussion he (Hutch) said they carried out a murder and that he had been one of the team that shot David Byrne in the Regency.”

He is further alleged to have asked Mr Dowdall to arrange a meeting with his republican contacts because of the escalation of the feud and threats to his friends and family.

Dowdall is alleged to have driven Mr Hutch to Northern Ireland on February 20 – and again met with Hutch in a car park near the airport and drove him to the North for a meeting in Strabane.

At this stage the vehicle they were travelling in was the subject of a “surveillance operation” the court heard.

Mr Gillane said that the court will hear that during the course of that journey and the return journey – conversations between Mr Dowdall and Mr Hutch were “captured and recorded” by investigating gardai.

“Many topics” were discussed, but in particular the events of the Regency Hotel and other “related matters” were brought up, Mr Gillane said – including the existence of a feud with the Kinahan group.

Recent personal history was allegedly discussed at length, as was a discussion about an effort to bring about a “ceasefire” and “mediation” in the ongoing feud.

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

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