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Freddie Thompson

Freddie Thompson

Gardai will set up a special policing plan for gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson ahead of his expected release from jail next year.

The move is being prepared despite the fact that Thompson has not yet been sentenced for his role in a violent disorder incident in a south inner city pub in January of last year.

The notorious criminal has been locked up since last May when he was extradited back to Ireland from Holland to face charges in relation to the offence at Morrissey's Pub and he will not be sentenced until February.

However, with the time that 'Fat Freddie' has already spent in jail, the fact that he pleaded guilty to the offence last July and the fact his role in the incident was not at the higher end of offending for this type of crime, there is an expectation among gardai that he may be released before next summer because of standard prison remission.

As a result, detectives are already formulating how they will deal with him on release as they believe he will base himself in Dublin rather than on Spain's Costa-Del-Crime.

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"What is not in any doubt is that when Freddie is around the streets, there is always an increase in tension and violence," a senior source said.

"It seems that the most likely thing he will do is gather up a pack of impressionable young criminals in his base in the south inner city and try to re-invent himself as a proper drug dealer.

"So, of course, gardai will be watching and considering how best to manage him," the source added.

Freddie is currently based at Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin after spending a number of weeks on a punishment regime in Cork jail where he was sent for his disruptive behaviour while in the Dublin prison.

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

Thompson said he was "violently attacked" by three other prisoners who were also present in the visitors' area, counsel Micheal O'Higgins said.

Those inmates, counsel said, were "separation prisoners" and should not have been in the visitors' area at the same time as his client.

As a result of the clash, Thompson, who denied blame for the incident, was subject to a prisoner's disciplinary hearing. Counsel said he was found guilty of indiscipline and placed on punishment.

That finding was upheld on appeal, Thompson was segregated and was denied privileges and personal visits, and placed on 22.5 hours' lock-up per day, the High Court heard.

kfoy@herald.ie


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