'Fat' Freddie has new lover as gardai get break in probe into teen's murder
Exiled criminal 'Fat' Freddie Thompson has found love again and is understood to be in a relationship with a woman he met while in England last year.
Gardai believe Thompson is currently in Amsterdam with the chief suspect in the murder of Lorcan O'Reilly in November.
Thompson and the 15-year-old fled to Germany and then the Netherlands after the murder suspect required hospital treatment when he got a severe beating in the early hours of New Year's Day.
It's understood that Thompson first met his new girlfriend in the UK following his prison release in May 2014.
However, it is not known if Thompson's new girl is in the Netherlands with him or if she has led to the break-up of his long-term relationship with Crumlin woman Vicky Dempsey. Details of 'Fat' Freddie's new relationship comes as there have been a number of significant developments in the investigation into the Lorcan murder.
"There has been a breakthrough, key witnesses have finally come forward and gardai are very hopeful of getting a charge in this case," a source explained.
"Because of the suspect's links to Thompson, there was a lot of intimidation and threats against witnesses after the murder, but gardai have managed to make some very good progress and should be in a position to make arrests before too long."
In the weeks after the murder, gardai arrested up to 16 people including a number of women and juveniles, for withholding information about the savage knife murder.
Lorcan was stabbed to death at the Oliver Bond Street flats complex in Dublin at 2.45am on November 1 when he tried to break up a fight.
A chief suspect quickly emerged and he presented himself for questioning at Kevin Street Garda Station.
However, officers declined to take a statement from the teenager as they intended to collect more evidence before questioning him about the murder because they were awaiting more evidence to build a case.
It is understood that this process is almost complete now.
Thompson (35) was released from jail in August after he 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 2014 and was immediately remanded in custody before he eventually received a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the vicious brawl. Last February, he admitted the charge which the court heard was sparked by a slagging match to which Thompson reacted by throwing a punch and a bottle.
Since his release, he has been disowned by some of his former associates in the Kinahan cartel who also murdered his one-time best pal Gary Hutch in Spain last September.