Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch tells prison staff ‘drinks on me if I’m cleared’
Reportedly Hutch has been laughing and joking with warders despite potentially facing the rest of his life in prison if found guilty by the non-jury court.
19th December 2022
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch has told prison staff he will bring them out for celebratory drinks if he is found not guilty.
The 59-year-old, who is on trial for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel, Dublin, in February 2016, is understood to be confident of the verdict leaning in his favour.
According to sources, he has offered to have a knees-up with jail staff to mark the occasion.
And reportedly Hutch has been laughing and joking with warders despite potentially facing the rest of his life in prison if found guilty by the non-jury court.
A source told the Irish Sunday Mirror Hutch believes he is “going to walk”.
The source said: “Hutch is very confident of getting off as he feels the State has not got a strong enough case against him.
“Hutch was heard telling prison staff he would bring them out for drinks to celebrate getting off when it was all over and done with.
“Hutch has even been spotted laughing and joking with prison staff.”
Meanwhile, it’s believed he wanted the screens in the courtroom removed which were blocking his view of State witness Jonathan Dowdall so he could see the “whites of his eyes” while he was giving evidence.
This week, the Special Criminal Court heard from Dowdall that he now believes the Kinahans didn’t start the feud.
During the second day of his bombshell evidence, he claimed he would never have gotten involved in trying to help the Hutches if he had known the “the real story” – which he only found out later in jail.
He also claimed before the court on Tuesday that Hutch was “lying” on the tapes when he said the six individuals involved in the Regency didn’t even know one another.
And when asked about a portion of the tape where he talks about helping the Hutches, Dowdall expressed his regret at getting involved.
He said: “At that time… I believed what I was told that the Kinahans wrongly believed that Gary [Hutch] was an informant and I was told they were blaming Gary and Patrick for trying to kill Daniel Kinahan.”
But Dowdall said he later found out in Wheatfield Prison “the real story around how the feud started”.