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Loaded gun aimed at gardai was used in Freddie attack

A LOADED gun aimed at three gardai was used in an attack on gangster 'Fat' Freddie's Dublin home.

The semi automatic pistol, taken from the grip of thug Neil Fitzgerald, had been used to fire on the house in the Coombe weeks earlier.

The gun, believed to be a Luger, was traced back to an attack on Thompson's family residence in February 2008.

Three brave gardai, stationed at Kevin Street Garda Station, have received bravery awards for taking on armed career criminal, Fitzgerald.

The 28-year-old, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, took the gun from under his clothing and pointed it at gardai.

He is believed to have acted as an enforcer for one of the gang's involved in the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud.

Details of the gun used in the attack on the Thompson home in the Coombe come as Freddie Thompson’s brother Richie is accused of abusing gardai.

Richie Thompson (34), the older brother of ‘Fat’ Freddie, allegedly told officers, “You know who I am?” as he was arrested outside a bar in Temple Bar. He is currently on bail.

MANHUNT

‘Fat’ Freddie (29) and associate Gary Hutch (28) are now the subject of an international manhunt. The pair are believed to be using their connections in Amsterdam's criminal underworld to stay hidden in the city.

The international arrest warrants for Thompson and Hutch were issued by Spanish authorities. Police there are anxious to quiz them about a massive drugs syndicate and their knowledge of the executionstyle muder of Paddy Doyle in Spain two years ago.

Doyle was travelling in a jeep along with Thompson and Hutch, a nephew of “the Monk”, in Estepona in February 2008 when their vehicle was stopped.

Doyle was shot twice in the head with his compatriots managing to avoid the hail of 13 bullets.

Detectives Declan Boland, Richard Kelly and Ken Donnelly received Scott medals – the Garda Siochana's highest award for bravery – for their work during the Neil Fitzgerald arrest.

The three gardai, stationed at Kevin Street, were on duty at Dolphin House in the south inner city in July 2008 when they were approached by Fitzgerald (28) who was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, believed to be a Luger.

Ballistic examination showed that the same weapon had been used to fire shots through the front living-room window of Thompson's parents' home in the Coombe in February 2008.

Fitzgerald took the gun from under his clothing and pointed it at gardai.

Fitzgerald then ran underneath Dolphin's Barn Bridge and tried to hide the gun in the undergrowth but slipped and let go of it. When arrested Fitzgerald was also found to be wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Neil Fitzgerald is believed to have acted as an enforcer for one of the gangs involved in the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud.

Gardai believe that Fitzgerald had intended to use the weapon on a member of ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson's drug gang. The incident took place less than two months after Fitzgerald, who has 77 previous convictions, had been released from prison.

FEAR

During his trial, defence counsel said Fitzgerald had the gun and was wearing the vest as he had “debts to repay” and was “in fear of his life”.

Lawyer Padraig Dwyer added that Fitzgerald had spent most of his 20s in prison and was now “institutionalised”. He added that he had no contact with his family and had little or no jobs history. He said it was “a sad indictment of society that there is so little to say about him in a positive light”.

Five days before he pulled a gun on police officers, Fitzgerald was pursued by gardai after he was observed by officers at a checkpoint speeding on the wrong side of the road.

A garda witness told the court that he had observed Fitzgerald speeding at 160mph in a stolen car in west Dublin.


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