Wednesday 24 January 2018

Freddie Thompson remanded in continuing custody over murder of Daithi Douglas

Frederick Thompson
Frederick Thompson

Tom Tuite

A 35-year-old man charged with the murder of David 'Daithi' Douglas, who was shot on a Dublin street, has been remanded in continuing custody for another two weeks.

Frederick 'Freddie' Thompson, of Loreto Road, Maryland, in Dublin, was arrested on November 1 last 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.

Former zoo-keeper, David ‘Daithi’ Douglas (55) from Killala Road, in Cabra in north Dublin was shot dead outside a shop on Bridgefoot Street in Dublin on afternoon of July 1 last. 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.

David Daithi Douglas
David Daithi Douglas

Mr Thompson faced his eight hearing on Thursday when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court. He was further remanded in custody to appear again on March 16 at the same court.

At his first hearing, Det Inspector Paul Cleary gave evidence that “in reply to the charge after caution he said 'no comment'.”

Mr Thompson has been granted free legal aid.

Bail cannot be considered by the district court in murder cases and he will have to make an application to the High Court to get released pending trial. A book of evidence has yet to be completed and served on Mr Thompson has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

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