An inquest into the murder of a nephew of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch has found that no one has been charged in his death, despite Gardaí investigating over 450 lines of inquiry.
Erek Coakley-Hutch, 27, a father of two from Buckingham Street in north central Dublin, was shot dead on 20 January 2018 while sitting in a car at a Clondalkin stop.
Coroner Cróna Gallagher told a session of the Dublin County Coroner’s Court that the full details of the Garda inquiry would not be heard as the circumstances of Mr Hutch’s death were still a living criminal case.
dr Gallagher said no evidence would be disclosed that could potentially affect future criminal proceedings.
Detective Inspector Niamh Molloy told the inquest that Mr Coakley-Hutch arrived at Bridgeview station on Cloverhill Road around 3pm in a vehicle with two other men.
The crime scene was near Cloverhill and Wheatfield prisons.
Det Insp Molloy said the other two men got out of the car while the deceased remained in the vehicle.
She said another vehicle then pulled up alongside the car Mr Hutch was in.
Shots were fired from this vehicle, injuring the victim.
Although emergency services arrived at the breakpoint within minutes of the alarm being sounded, Mr Coakley-Hutch was pronounced dead at the scene.
Det Insp Molloy said the vehicle used in the attack was found burned out a short distance away.
The inquiry found that Gardaí had followed 451 different lines of inquiry, taken 340 statements and collected 400 exhibits as part of their inquiry into Mr Hutch’s murder.
Det Insp. Molloy said a CCTV system captured both vehicles entering the holding area, but the “grainy” quality of the images did not allow people in the cars to be identified.
Footage also showed the second vehicle quickly exiting the scene after the fatal shot was fired.
Det Insp Molloy said the other two men who had arrived with Mr Hutch were “doing something else” while no eyewitnesses to the shooting were found despite it being a “fairly populated” area.
She said a file relating to two people had been forwarded to the DPP but it had been decided no prosecution should follow.
Mark Toner, a paramedic who provided emergency assistance to the victim, said Mr Hutch suffered multiple traumatic head injuries and major blood loss.
The inquest found that efforts to resuscitate Mr Coakley-Hutch were halted after 10 minutes when he showed no signs of life.
He was officially pronounced dead at 5:08 p.m.
Senior State Pathologist Linda Mulligan described how the results of an autopsy showed at least three shots had been fired at Mr Coakley-Hutch.
dr Mulligan said there were three separate wounds to the head that caused significant damage to the victim’s skull and brain that was “incompatible with life”.
She said there was a fourth gunshot wound in his right forearm that may have ricocheted off and caused one of the injuries to Mr Coakley-Hutch’s head.
He had also suffered scratches on his face, which the pathologist said were likely caused by shattering glass.
She estimated the fatal shots were fired from a distance of 1-2 meters.
Mr Hutch’s mother, Noeleen, who officially identified her son Gardaí’s body, cried with other relatives as they heard details of the autopsy report and walked out of the hearing shortly after being overcome with grief.
dr Mulligan said toxicology reports showed no alcohol or drugs were found in the victim’s body, while he also had no underlying health problems.
She confirmed the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
dr Mulligan said any of the gunshot wounds could have been fatal and the death would have been “instant”.
A jury of five women and one man returned a verdict of unlawful manslaughter by one or more unknown persons.
Mr Coakley-Hutch is believed to have been the 14th victim of the gangland feud between crime organizations Hutch and Kinahan, which began when his cousin Gary Hutch was shot dead in Spain in 2015.
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