Detectives are investigating reports that Gary Hutch was shot dead on the orders of his own gang, the Christy Kinahan drugs trafficking cartel, after he became embroiled in a cash dispute with the mob.
Sources say that Hutch was a key figure in the gang up until less than a year ago but had a major falling out with the cartel and that he knew that he was a marked man in recent months.
One prominent theory is that the dispute centred on a €2m shipment of cocaine destined for the British market that went missing last year.
It is understood that family members of the victim had been approached in Dublin recently by a thug demanding a six-figure sum of money which he claimed Hutch owed.
The family had been “living in dread” of getting bad news.
In Spain, just 24 hours after the daylight hit, a few shreds of crime scene tape and bullet-pocked walls were the only reminder of the horror that unfolded at the quiet Angel de Miraflores complex on Spain’s Costa del Sol, near Marbella.
It has emerged that the hitman fired eight bullets at the 34 year-old shortly before mid-day on Thursday as he fled for his life. At least four hit him in the back, chest and head.
Hutch died at the scene in front of horrified pensioners who have retired to live in the sun.
Credit: Msn News.