Monday 23 October 2017

Fat Freddie: Profile

Frederick Thompson
Frederick Thompson
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Born on December 16, 1980, into a street trading family Freddie Thompson's world should not have strayed far from the working-class surrounds of Loreto Road, Maryland, in the heart of old Dublin.

Thompson (34) has two sisters, Melanie and Lisa, and a brother, Ritchie.

Thompson married Vicky Dempsey last year when their 12-year-old son gave the bride away.

"Fat" Freddie first came to garda attention when aged about 16 years.

There then followed a number of appearances in the Children's Court in 1997 following a car theft and other motoring offences before he graduated to the district court.

Further court appearances on assault charges, threatening and abusive behaviour as well damaging a garda car -- on which he appeared with Paddy Doyle -- followed on from there.

Before today (February 2) Fat Freddie had 29 previous convictions including a three-year jail term for an assault causing harm and a two year prison sentence for endangerment.

'Fat' Freddie Thompson was jailed for 20 months today for a pub brawl “sparked by slagging” after a funeral.

Thompson pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder along with two other men at Morrissey’s Pub in Cork Street.

Last May, the crime boss was detained by police in the Netherlands and extradited here from Amsterdam.

In the Netherlands, he was found in possession of false identity documents and a genuine passport, which had been "doctored" to match the ID.

Thompson was extradited to Spain two-and-a-half years ago after the Spanish authorities named him as a member of an international organisation based on the Costa del Sol.

The gang has members in a number of countries including Spain, the UK and Ireland.

Thompson had been living in Spain, but travelled regularly to Ireland.

He was investigated in Spain after police linked him to the €1bn organised crime empire of Christy Kinahan.

Detectives suspect Thompson worked for cocaine cartel controller Kinahan, dealing his drugs and laundering the proceeds.

Up to 30 members of the Kinahan mob were arrested by Spanish police in May 2010 under Operation Shovel.

While Thompson was not in Spain at the time Kinahan's gang were lifted, gardai arrested him here and sent him back in October 2011. He was allowed to return to Dublin at the start of 2013.

Thompson’s mob has been in a bitter feud with the Brian Rattigan crew – the capital's bloodiest-ever underworld dispute, known as the Crumlin-Drimagh feud.

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