Sunday 19 November 2017

Gangland criminal 'Fat' Freddie arrested in connection with feud murder

Under arrest: ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson Picture: Reuters
Under arrest: ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson Picture: Reuters

Robin Schiller

Gangland criminal 'Fat' Freddie Thompson has been arrested by gardaí investigating the feud murder of David 'Daithí' Douglas earlier this year.

The Kinahan cartel associate was detained by members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) as he returned to the capital yesterday afternoon.

It is understood Thompson (35) had returned to Dublin from Birmingham via the North, and gardaí were waiting to detain him.

He is being questioned at Kilmainham Garda Station over the murder of Douglas (55), who was shot dead outside a shop on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin, on July 1.

Thompson is being held under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be detained for a period of up to seven days.

It is not yet known what procedure will be put in place if the planned garda strikes commence on Friday while he is still in custody.

The cartel associate has rarely been seen in this jurisdiction in recent months, and often wears a wig when appearing in public.

Sources have revealed further arrests are expected as part of the investigation into the murder and gardaí have identified the people involved.

Douglas, a father-of-one, was blasted six times outside the Shoestown shop which is run by his wife.

He was a convicted drug dealer and a close associate of Darren Kearns, who was shot dead last December as part of the ongoing feud.

Douglas was linked to the Provisional IRA in the 1980s and took part in a post office robbery in Tallaght during which he fired a rifle at a garda. He received a 12-year sentence for attempted murder.

Douglas had previously survived an attempt on his life last year after being blasted a number of times while walking his dog.

Gardaí believe Douglas was shot because of his suspected involvement in a botched hit on a Kinahan cartel member.

The attempted murder, outside the Red Cow Hotel in November of last year, failed when the gunman's weapon jammed, allowing Kinahan associate Liam Roe escape

The cartel suspected Douglas was involved in the attempted hit, but gardaí are satisfied that he was in the north inner city at the time.

'Fat' Freddie gained notoriety for his involvement in the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud and was suspected of involvement in a number of attacks on rival mobsters.

He is also related to senior cartel members Liam Byrne (36), whose brother David (33) was shot dead at the Regency Hotel earlier this year.

Irish Independent

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