'Fat' Freddie living in fear for his life as former pals brand him as garda informer
Published 29/08/2015 | 06:51
Exiled gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson has been branded a garda informer by some of his closest associates as he continues to live in fear in his secret English hideaway, it has emerged.
Sources have revealed that Thompson (34), who fled Ireland within hours of being released from Mountjoy Prison on August 1, "has never been more isolated".
The thug, who has been warned about an active threat against his life, has been disowned by some of his closest criminal associates.
These include two drug-trafficking brothers from Crumlin who are suspicious that Thompson has been giving information to detectives that has led to two recent massive seizures that are linked to them.
"There is nothing to suggest that Thompson did anything like this at all, but the most important point is that fellas that he has known for years are going around trying to blacken his name," a source said.
"The reality is that there is so much paranoia floating around at the moment that it is easy for other criminals to decide to believe this.
"It means that the net effect of the situation is that Ireland is a very unsafe place for Thompson to be, and he knows himself that he is no longer wanted in Spain by his former buddies in the Kinahan cartel."
The Herald previously revealed that Thompson had fallen out of favour with Christy Kinahan because the Costa del Sol mob consider him a "nuisance and a liability".
"Things have never been worse for Thompson. He is very isolated and all the intelligence indicates that he has never been so short of cash and influence," a senior source said.
Gardai do not know Thompson's exact whereabouts in England, but it is understood he is most likely in Birmingham or London, where he has relatives.
Sources say that apart from the Crumlin brothers, another former ally of Thompson who has himself fled the country is leading a "whispering campaign" against the high-profile criminal.
This Dublin man survived a number of attempts on his life before fleeing the country earlier this year.
It is believed that he blames Thompson for being behind some of these incidents, even though Thompson was locked up at the time.
Thompson served a 15-month sentence for violent disorder after an attack on another man at Morrissey's Pub on Cork Street on January 7, 2013.
He was extradited from Amsterdam in May of last year and immediately remanded in custody before he eventually received a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the vicious brawl.
Thompson, of Loreto Park, Maryland, pleaded guilty last February along with two others to violent disorder in the pub after a funeral.
The court heard the incident was sparked by a slagging match to which Thompson reacted by throwing a punch and a bottle.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard he had become a suspect after gardai viewed CCTV footage from the bar.
During his time in prison, Thompson was far from a model inmate.
He spent several weeks on a punishment regime in Cork jail, where he was sent for his disruptive behaviour in Cloverhill.
He was fined €200 in January after pleading guilty to having a mobile phone in his cell.
Thompson avoided a further jail term after he admitted he had caved in to temptation and used the phone to call his sister while he was in Cloverhill on May 29 last year.
Thompson has 29 previous convictions, including a three-year jail term for assault causing harm.