Thursday 19 April 2018

'Fat' Freddie will be extradited to face disorder charge

Uncle jailed
'FAT' FREDDIE: Uncle jailed
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

NOTORIOUS gangland figure 'Fat' Freddie Thompson is to be extradited back to Dublin this week to face charges of violent disorder.

Thompson, 33, was arrested in Amsterdam on May 5 on foot of a European arrest warrant issued by gardai in relation to an incident in a Dublin pub last year in which up to 15 men were involved in a serious affray.

Broken bottles were used, and two women were badly injured during the incident in a south inner city public house after the funeral of drug dealer Christopher Warren, (36), who was shot dead at the end of December 2012.

No complaint was made to gardai about the affray, but officers recovered CCTV images of the brawl and then decided to bring the charge of violent disorder. The offence, under the Criminal Justice Act 1994, carries a sentence of up to 10 years' imprisonment.

Thompson was arrested in an apartment in the village of Overtoom between Amsterdam and Utrecht and has been detained in prison since. At the time Dutch police said he was wearing a fake beard and had false identity documents. Gardai were contacted immediately and officers are to travel to Holland this week and return Thompson to Dublin, where he will be brought before the District Court.

He had spent much of the previous two years living between Spain, Ireland and Holland after he was extradited to Spain in November 2011 on foot of another arrest warrant relating to the activities of the drug cartel headed by Dublin crime godfather Christy Kinahan.

Kinahan and 30 others were arrested in Spain in May 2010, and the authorities seized property and cash assets which they valued at €500m.

Thompson was not in Spain at the time of the raids during a pan-European operation "Shovel" involving Spanish, Dutch, British and Irish police, but was sought by Spanish authorities in relation to the gang's activities. He received bail and was allowed to leave the country. It is not clear what offences he is alleged to have committed in Spain and no charges have been brought there.

Thompson returned to Dublin during Christmas 2012. While he was at home a series of incidents happened in the south inner city which led to the murder of Christopher "Git" Warren.

Warren, a crack and heroin addict, assaulted a woman and a short time later was lured to a side street in Phibsboro where he was shot dead. Warren had previously been an associate of Thompson's and was involved in the 'Crumlin-Drimnagh' feud – the worst in Irish criminal history – which resulted in the deaths of 17 young men. Warren's brother Paul, 24, was shot dead in February 2004 in a pub in Newmarket Square in the south city.

As well as the violent disorder charge, Thompson is likely to face charges relating to the assault of two women at the pub in January last year. It is understood the women have not made complaints to gardai.

While the feuding between the two south inner city gangs has abated in recent years, the gangs that control the drug trade in the area have been responsible for three and possibly four of the eight gangland murders in Dublin this year. Garda sources say the area remains volatile and they are uncertain what effect, if any, Thompson's return to Ireland might cause.

The feuding, which started in 2000, has left intense feelings of bitterness in the south city and revenge attacks have occurred years after assassinations. The last gangland killing in the city was that of Christopher (also known as "Git") Zambra, 39, who was shot dead on May 5 in retaliation for the murder of John Carroll, 29, who was murdered in February 2009. Gardai linked Zambra to between five and seven other murders.

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