Gerry Hutch (born 1963) is a former Irish criminal. He was regarded as the prime suspect for two of the biggest armed robberies in Irish history. He was nicknamed "The Monk" because he pursued clean living and followed religious beliefs, leading a "disciplined, ascetic lifestyle" after leaving prison in 1985. He has been active within Dublin's inner city community, working with disadvantaged children and encouraging them not to take drugs.
Born in central Dublin, his career began at the age of 10 when Hutch joined and later led the 'Bugsy Malone Gang' of inner city youngsters (named after the feature film) whose crimes in the 1970s included "jump-overs": they would jump over bank counters, grab whatever cash they could and run out the door.
He was later part of a gang involved in major robberies and received many convictions between 1970 and 1983 intermittently spending time in prison. His gang was said to have amassed an estimated IR£40 million from a series of bank robberies, jewellery heists, and fraud scams spanning almost 8 years. Hutch also managed to gain money from legal actions in the Irish courts. These included £8,500 won from Securicor Ireland in June 1991, £2,000 from the Sunday Tribune newspaper in a libel action and around £26,000 won in legal actions against the Irish state.
Corinthians Boxing Club
In 1998 he was a founder member of the Corinthians Boxing Club in Dublin and has served as treasurer for the club. The club has a full gym and a boxing ring. The latter was donated by film director Jim Sheridan after making the film The Boxer.
Criminal Assets Bureau
In 1999, in the course of court proceedings brought against Hutch by the Irish state's anti money laundering agency, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), Detective Chief Superintendent Felix McKenna stated that Hutch had been involved in the IR£1.7 million robbery of an armoured van at Marino Mart in January 1987 and the IR£3 million armed robbery of a Brinks Allied Security Depot in Clonshaugh, County Dublin, in 1995, which had been the largest cash robbery in the State at the time.
After the CAB settlement, Hutch applied for and was granted a taxi licence, and at one point used a stretched Hummer as a taxi under a service branded Carry Any Body, a name which is said to refer to the CAB settlement.
Film and television
Hutch appeared on RTÉ's Prime Time programme in March 2008 where he was interviewed about his life and criminal career. Hutch denied any criminal activity, since his last prison sentence, other than tax evasion.
Hutch was the subject of investigation in the Irish TV3 channel's television series, Dirty Money. Episode 5, which aired March 2008 was solely devoted to the assets seized by the CAB from Hutch and the threat to seize assets from his family.
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