Saturday 20 January 2018

Frederick Thompson (33) denied bail by High Court

Mr Thompson awaiting trial in connection with pub row last year

Frederick Thompson
Frederick Thompson

Eimear Cotter

A DUBLIN man awaiting trial in connection with a pub row last year looks set to spend the next six months in custody after he was refused bail by the High Court.

Fredrick Thompson (33) was extradited to Ireland in May after he was stopped by police in Holland with a false Irish passport.

Today before the High Court, Mr Thompson claimed he had a photocopy of a passport in the name of a friend because he had been barred from his local video shop and he was using it to rent videos.

The accused, of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, was previously refused bail in the District Court after he, along with two others, was charged with committing violent disorder.

The 33-year-old, who has not yet entered a plea, is accused of engaging in or threatening the use of violence that would cause another person to fear for their safety.

The incident, under Section 15 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act is alleged to have happened at Morrissey's pub, Cork St, in Dublin 8, on January 7 last year.

Mr Thompson is set to face trial on the charge in November.

This afternoon before the High Court, Garda Seamus O'Donovan objected to bail, saying gardai believed Mr Thompson was a flight risk, and if granted bail he would not show up for trial.

In relation to the allegation, Gda O'Donovan said it will be alleged that Mr Thompson was involved in a large fight in Morrissey's Pub.

Gda O'Donovan said it will be alleged that Mr Thompson threw a bottle and assaulted a number of people, including a woman, during the course of the fight.

It will also be alleged the incident was caught on CCTV cameras.

Cross examined by Michael Hourigan BL, the garda accepted no one was injured during the incident and no damage was caused to the pub.

Gda O'Donovan said he visited Mr Thompson's home on January 9, 2013 because he wished to speak to him about the incident. He said he spoke to his mother who told him her son had left the country.

The court heard a European Arrest Warrant was issued for Mr Thompson in January 2014 and he was stopped in Holland on May 5, 2014.

Gda O'Donovan said Mr Thompson was driving a UK-registered vehicle at the time he was stopped, and produced an identity card in another individual's name. He also claimed the accused gave a false name to Dutch police.

The garda further alleged that Mr Thompson has lost five passports in the last few years.

In his evidence, Mr Thompson denied giving a false name to Dutch police. He accepted he had a photocopy of a friend's passport, which had his picture on it.

He claimed he had this "fragment of a document" because he was barred from his video shop and he was using it to get videos.

Dressed in jeans and a navy polo t-shirt, the married father-of-one denied he has been living in Spain, saying he has been living at Loreto Road in Maryland.

Mr Thompson said he was on three weeks holidays in Amsterdam when he was stopped by police.

He accepted he is not on social welfare, saying he has been living off two claims of €10,000 each which he received a couple of years ago.

Objecting to bail, Garrett McCormack BL, for the DPP said gardai fear that if granted bail Mr Thompson won't stand trial.

Mr Hourigan said Mr Thompson was willing to abide by any bail conditions, and said his family was willing to provide an independent surety of between €5,000 and €10,000.

The judge refused bail.

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