Gerry Hutch

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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.[1][2] He was nicknamed "The Monk" because he pursued clean living and followed religious beliefs, leading a "disciplined, ascetic lifestyle" after leaving prison in 1985.[3] He has been active within Dublin's inner city community, working with disadvantaged children and encouraging them not to take drugs.[3]

Early life[edit]

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.[3]

He was later part of a gang involved in major robberies and received many convictions between 1970 and 1983 intermittently spending time in prison.[4] 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.[3]

Hutch admitted to being a "convicted criminal" in a 2008 interview with The Independent, but insisted that he made his money through property deals, not crime.[5][6]

Corinthians Boxing Club[edit]

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.[3]

Criminal Assets Bureau[edit]

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.[3][7]

Hutch eventually reached an IR£1.2m settlement with the CAB to "cover back taxes and interest for a nine year period".[3][8]

Driving career[edit]

After the CAB settlement, Hutch applied for and was granted a taxi licence,[9][10] 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.[11][12]

He has featured in the Irish media as he has driven celebrities[11] including Mike Tyson[13] on their visits to Ireland.

Film and TV[edit]

Hutch is depicted in the film Veronica Guerin, played by Alan Devine.[14] It is based on the life of the late Irish journalist Veronica Guerin by whom Hutch was interviewed.[2]

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.[5]

Hutch was the subject of investigation in the Irish TV3 channel's television series, Dirty Money.[5] The episode which aired March 2008 was solely devoted to the assets and finances seized by the CAB of both Hutch and his suspected criminal and family associates.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin Breheny (01/07/2000). "Hitting them where it hurts". Independent. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Paul Williams (2011). Badfellas. Penguin. p. 243-45. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Keane, Conor (1 April 2000). "Hutch to Clear Outstanding Liabilities in a £1.2m Deal with the State". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 27 Feb 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  4. ^ Williams, Paul (2011-10-27). Badfellas. Penguin Books. pp. 243–. ISBN 9780141970295. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Kelly, Flach (13 March 2008). "I got rich from property not crime, claims The Monk". The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Paul Williams (2012). "The Monk". Gangland: The Shocking Exposé of the Criminal Underworld. The O'Brien Press. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "RTÉ News, 14th May 1999". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. 14 May 1999. 
  8. ^ Lally, Conor (December 8, 2012). "A Crime Boss Who Changed with the Times". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Irish taxi industry website quoting Irish Times, 6th June 2001". 
  10. ^ O'Brien, Carl (January 9, 2004). "Taxi-drivers convicted of rape, murder to be denied licences". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Mallon, Ian (20 April 2009). "Credit crunch forces Monk to sell luxury limo". Evening Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Huge, heavy and it's here... the Hummer hits Wicklow". The Irish Times. November 30, 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Showbiz Ireland, 28th March 2006". 
  14. ^ Elley, Derek (July 31, 2003). "Veronica Guerin. (movie review)". Daily Variety. Retrieved 6 August 2014.