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Nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch takes legal case against Wheatfield Prison

32-year-old Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch has been incarcerated at Wheatfield since 2011.

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A NEPHEW OF Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch has taken legal proceedings against the governor of the prison in which he’s been incarcerated since 2011.

Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch (32) has been held at west Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison since being convicted of a 2007 manslaughter in Co Meath six years ago.

In recent times he was briefly moved to Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon before being returned to Wheatfield earlier this year.

The precise nature of the proceedings is unclear.

However the case is a judicial review, meaning Hutch has been granted leave to appeal a decision taken by prison authorities.

Such cases see the High Court examine the likes of lower courts or state bodies to ensure the decision-making process of those bodies are carried out properly and in accordance with the law.

It’s understood that Hutch is currently living separate to the rest of the prison population at Wheatfield, and is on lockdown for between 21 and 22 hours of the day due to death threats being made against him by members of the Kinahan cartel.

Reports suggest that a number of attempts have been made on his life in recent months, and that the various members of the Hutch family in Wheatfield are living in separate accommodations to the rest of the prison for their own safety.

His solicitors, John Feaheny and Company, declined to comment on the matter when asked by TheJournal.ie.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service meanwhile said that it “doesn’t comment on individual prisoners or cases”.

Derek Hutch is the nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, and brother to Gary Hutch, the first victim of the current Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud, who was shot dead in Marbella, Spain, in September 2015.

He was jailed in 2011 for the manslaughter four years previously of a man following a house party in Ashbourne, Co Meath.

Hutch is also serving 16 years for the attempted armed robbery of a cash-in-transit van in Lucan, Co Dublin, in late 2009, and was also previously jailed for two years for a conviction under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

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