Monday 22 January 2018

'Fat' Freddie Thompson arrested in relation to Kinahan-Hutch feud murder

Frederick Thompson
Frederick Thompson

Cathal McMahon and Robin Schiller

'Fat' Freddie Thompson has been arrested over the murder of a drug dealer gunned down on a busy Dublin street.

David 'Daithi' Douglas (55) was shot six times outside his partner's shop on Bridgefoot Street last July.

Gardaí arrested Thompson (35) in Dublin this morning and he is currently being held in Kilmainham station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He can be questioned for up to seven days.

Gardaí are questioning him about his alleged involvement in the shooting of the father-of-one on July 1.

Thompson was released from jail in August 2016 after he served a 15-month sentence for violent disorder following an attack on another man at Morrissey's Pub on Cork Street on January 7, 2013.

The funeral of David 'Daithi' Douglas and (inset) shooting victim Mr Douglas
The funeral of David 'Daithi' Douglas and (inset) shooting victim Mr Douglas

He had been 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 brawl.

In February 2015, 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, Thompson has become embroiled in the Kinahan and Hutch feud which has claimed the lives of nine men since Thompson’s former pal Gary Hutch was gunned down in Spain last September.

Douglas, who had survived a previous murder bid, was shot dead outside his wife Yumei's shoe store in July.

The father-of-one, from Killala Road, Cabra, was taken to St James's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí believe the murder is linked to the bitter feud between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob.

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