Sunday 22 April 2018

‘Mafia threat’ goldfish outside ‘Fat’ Freddie’s door is just a cod

Fears grow as ‘Fat’ Freddie is let out of prison

Coins in a bag of water hanging outside the door of Freddie Thompson's parents' home.
Coins in a bag of water hanging outside the door of Freddie Thompson's parents' home.

Conor Feehan and Ken Foy

REPORTs that a dead goldfish was hung on the front door of gangster ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s family home as a warning to him after his release from prison are nonsense, the Herald can reveal.

A newspaper said a plastic bag hanging over the door of the house, in the Marylands area of Dublin’s south inner city, contained a dead fish in a “Mafia-style” warning to Thompson.

The bag actually contained nothing more than a handful of copper coins. An old wives’ tale says that hanging a bag of pennies in water over your door keeps flies away. The bag remained in place this morning suspended by a coat hanger.

Thompson was released from prison on Saturday, sparking fears of an increase in gangland tensions.

The 34-year-old served a 15-month sentence for violent disorder after an attack on another man at Morrissey’s Pub on Cork Street, Dublin, on January 7, 2013.

He was extradited from Amsterdam in May last year and received a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the incident.

In February he admitted the charge, which the court heard was sparked by a slagging match. Thompson reacted to taunts by throwing a punch and a bottle.

He walked free from Mountjoy Prison on Saturday as he had already spent nine months in custody while on remand.

Sources have said that the underworld boss is not welcome back on Spain’s Costa del Crime by his former associates in the cartel run by Christy Kinahan.

One source said they now consider him a liability to their operation.

He is more likely to stay in Dublin, which will be a headache for gardai, who fear he may cross swords once more with old rivals.

“One thing you can say about Thompson is that the situation is always much more fraught when he’s around the place,” a source said.

“What happens is you have young fellas going around trying to impress him and then you have his rivals seeking him out to kill him.


“To say that Freddie is a general nuisance would be a complete understatement.”

A potential flashpoint that detectives will be monitoring is whether Thompson will go head-to-head again with his Declan ‘Whacker’ Duffy, with whom he was involved in a high-profile feud in 2008 and 2009.

Duffy has recently been stepping up his lucrative extortion activities in the south inner-city.


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