Saturday 21 October 2017

'The state of the country' - Murder accused Frederick 'Freddie' Thompson curses at judge as he is refused bail

Frederick Thompson
Frederick Thompson

Conor Feehan and Alison O'Riordan

A man charged with the murder of David Douglas outside a Dublin shop last year has been refused bail in the case due to be heard by the Special Criminal Court.

Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson, ranted and cursed at High Court Judge Paul McDermott this morning when his application for bail failed.

Thompson (36), with an address at Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, is charged with the murder of Mr Douglas (55) at Bridgefoot Street in Dublin on July 1st, 2016.

The father-of-one was standing in the doorway of a shop owned by his wife Yumei when he was approached and shot several times.

The victim, who suffered a number of gunshot wounds, was rushed to St James’s Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Thompson was arrested on November 1 last year and detained at Kilmainham Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

He was charged and remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Dublin District Court on November 7.

He previously applied to the Special Criminal Court to have the charge dismissed but the court refused the application as they were satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to put Thompson on trial for the offences.

When his application for bail was refused today Thompson stood up and said "f**k off, I'm not listening to this" and walked towards the door to the holding area where he had been brought to the court.

Prison officers tried to bring him back before the judge but he shouted: "I'm not f***ing going back in" and "the state of the country. Ye are all the same".

Two women who were in the court to support Thompson then left the courtroom before the judge had finished his ruling.

Thompson had sought bail in the High Court but the State objected to the application.

At yesterday’s hearing, Sergeant Brendan Brogan from Pearse Street Garda Station told Mr Ronan Prendergast BL for the State, that he was objecting to bail because of the "seriousness" of the charge.

Sgt Brogan also told the court he believed that if the applicant was released on bail he would be a flight risk and might not face trial.

Another ground for objection, the court heard, was Sgt Brogan’s fear that if the accused man was released on bail it could result in further serious offences being committed.

The court also heard evidence from Chief Superintendent Francis Clerkin who said that his objection was based on Section 2A of the Bail Act.

The section allows a Chief Superintendent give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott refused bail on several grounds, including that he represented a flight risk.

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