Sunday 25 September 2016

'Fat' Freddie Thompson risked gangland hit to see Germany match

Ken Foy

Published 26/10/2015 | 10:07

Gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson defied death threats to fly to Dublin and attend Ireland's European Championship qualifier against Germany earlier this month.

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Thompson (34) arrived from England and spent two nights here, during which time he was in the crowd at the Aviva to cheer Ireland to a 1-0 win over the world champions.

The soccer-mad mobster then slipped back out of the country and returned to his hideaway in England, via Spain.

"This information is credible, but Thompson was not linked to any incident while he was here," a source told the Herald.

Fled

"Dublin really is not the safest of places for Freddie to be, and he took some risk by coming over here."

Thompson fled the country within hours of being released from Mountjoy Prison last August 1.

He "has never been more isolated", according to sources.

His situation has become even more dangerous after the murder last month of his one-time best pal Gary Hutch on the Costa del Sol.

He was neither expected nor seen at Hutch's funeral in the north inner city.

It is understood that Thompson's former cronies in the Christy Kinahan cartel have disowned him and have even branded him a garda informer.

Gardai believe he is next on Kinahan's hit list following the gun murders of three former gang members, including Hutch, in the past 14 months.

Thompson served a 15-month sentence for violent disorder after an attack on another man in a pub on Cork Street on January 7, 2013. He was extradited from Amsterdam in May of last year and immediately remanded in custody.

He subsequently received a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the vicious brawl.

The court heard the violence was sparked by a slagging match to which Thompson reacted by throwing a punch and a bottle.

The Herald previously revealed that Thompson had fallen out of favour with Christy Kinahan because the mob consider him a "nuisance and a liability".

Tensions are expected to increase in Dublin next month when some senior members of the cartel are expected here for a major boxing event.

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