UPDATE: THE shooting victim at Angel de Miraflores complex on Calle Geranio on Thursday September 24 has been identified as Irish gangster Gary Hutch.
Hutch (34) was known to have links to the Kinahan crime cartel in Spain and was the nephew of former criminal Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch. Last sighted in Dublin in February, he had been staying in the Costa del Sol and in Amsterdam as he was aware that his life was under threat.
Last year a boxer with no connections to crime was shot in Elviria and it was believed that Hutch was the intended target. In 2008 Hutch escaped with his life after a car he was travelling in was shot at in Estepona.
Hutch appeared in a Spanish court in November 2012 on drug-trafficking charges. In 2014 he was arrested in Holland under a European Arrest Warrant in relation to an alleged armed robbery.
His neighbours at the Miraflores complex described him as “pleasant but kept himself to himself.”
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POLICE are investigating possible links between two shootings in the Mijas area in one week, a Spanish government representative has stated.
On Thursday September 17, a Colombian man was shot to death in his car in Las Lagunas, and just one week later, on September 24, a 34-year-old Irish man named by the police as Gary PH was killed by a masked gunman as he left his home in Calahonda.
Witnesses reported that the victim, dressed in sports clothes, left his ground floor flat at 11.30am to find the masked man waiting for him and a chase round the swimming pool ensued with shots being fired.
The killer, described by local residents from the Angel de Miraflores complex on Calle Geranio as tall, wearing jeans, a black sweatshirt, gloves and a balaclava, then calmly walked off up the hill to a waiting car.
The vehicle, reportedly a BMW which had been stolen days beforehand, was later found in Cabopino and police stated it had been intentionally set on fire to hide evidence.
Government representative in Malaga Province Miguel Briones stated later that night that intense investigations were under way to get to the bottom of the crime and discover whether it could be linked to the previous week’s incident.