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'Fat' Freddie in court accused of having a mobile phone in jail


Frederick Thompson

Frederick Thompson

Frederick Thompson

'Fat' Freddie Thompson has appeared in court charged with possession of a mobile phone in prison.

Thompson (34) had the case against him adjourned after Dublin District Court heard the prosecution would have 20 witnesses.

The accused, with an address at Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, is charged with unlawful possession of a mobile phone at Cloverhill Prison last May 29.

Defence solicitor Edward Bradbury told the court Thompson had originally sought a hearing date for the case on a not guilty plea on January 21.

However, he said he had been informed that the State would have 20 witnesses "in this minor matter".

In those circumstances, he said he was now seeking full disclosure of prosecution documents and exhibits and asked for the case to instead be mentioned on another earlier date.

He hoped progress could be made in the meantime.

The court heard the accused was not on bail in relation to the charge before the court.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case for Thompson to enter a plea on the next date in January.

Mr Bradbury applied for free legal aid on his client's behalf and the judge granted it.

The accused, wearing a blue sweater, grey tracksuit bottoms and blue-grey runners, consulted with his solicitor quietly at the side of the courtroom after his case was called.


When the brief proceedings finished, he told the judge: "Thank you, your honour."

Judge Halpin thanked him in response and Thompson said: "No problem."

Thompson is currently in Cloverhill Prison after spending several weeks in Cork jail.

Thompson, who is from Maryland, Dublin, brought a legal action at the High Court in October over the decision to transfer him to Cork.