The Kinahan cartel’s number one target Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch has returned to Spain – despite the ongoing threat to his life from the ruthless crime organisation.
In a brazen show of defiance, Hutch has spent several weeks back in Lanzarote, even though he previously survived a murder attempt by Kinahan hitmen on the holiday island.
Sources have confirmed to the Herald that the 54-year-old went back to the island because he “feels very comfortable” there.
It is the first time he has been spotted in Europe since spending some of last December in Northern Ireland.
“Despite the threat against him, it’s believed that Hutch went back there because he trusts people at the location,” a source said.
“He spent a long time over the years on the island and clearly feels that the threat to his life is not as severe in sunny Spain.”
Last night, senior sources said gardai are baffled as to why Hutch would spend time in a location where he was previously targeted.
On New Year’s Eve 2015, he narrowly escaped an attempt on his life when two gunmen wearing balaclavas burst into a pub in Lanzarote where he had been drinking only moments before.
That attempt on his life came only months after the Kinahans murdered his nephew, Gary Hutch, at an apartment complex on the Costa del Sol.
His murder led to the eruption of the bloody Hutch/Kinahan feud, which has so far claimed the lives of 12 men, including two innocent fathers.
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