By Deirdre Tynan • 19 August 2021 • 9:44
Hutch's arrest on August 12.
Image: Guardia Civil
Irish gangster Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch lived a life of fear, surveillance and paranoia before he was arrested in Fuengirola on August 12.
Hutch bunkered down in a safe house in the Plaza de la Constitucion in Fuengirola, making use of the narrow streets in an attempt to protect himself from police surveillance and rival gangs.
Fearful of his neighbours, the police, and of being shot dead, he apparently left his apartment only twice during the months he spent there and was arrested the second time he left to meet his women, believed to be his wife, for a meal at a nearby restaurant.
He travelled from Lanzarote to Fuengirola in May under his own passport. But he also obtained a fake Croatian passport.
Hutch, 58, is wanted in Ireland in connection with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February 2016. Byrne, a member of the rival Kinahan gang, was shot dead by armed men dressed as gardaí.
It is believed that the attack was ordered by Hutch in retaliation for the murder of Gary Hutch, the Monk’s nephew, in Spain in September of 2015.
A source told Dublin Live, “The Spanish put a lot of resources into this. A lot of time and effort, and so did the gardai. The arrest of Gerard Hutch is a major result for the joint Garda-Spanish international operation and for the Serious and Organised Crime detectives,” the source added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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