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Thompson ‘must state his finances’ for bail bid


Freddie Thompson

Freddie Thompson

Freddie Thompson

A DUBLIN man awaiting trial in connection with a pub row last year must provide a statement of his financial affairs before his bail application can be heard.

Freddie Thompson (33) from Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin, had been refused bail last Tuesday after he was charged with committing a violent disorder along with two others, on January 7 last year.

But he has gone to the High Court in a bid to get bail and a judge heard yesterday that the DPP wanted to be furnished with “a financial statement” from the accused.

The 33-year-old, who has not yet entered a plea, made no reply when he was charged with engaging in or threatening the use of violence that would cause another person to fear for their safety.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Morrisey’s pub, Cork St, in Dublin 8, on January 7 last year. Thompson could face up to ten years in prison if found guilty.

Dressed in a red T-shirt, blue jeans and black runners, the married father-of-one, who had been extradited from Holland, had been denied bail by Judge Michael Walsh when he appeared at Dublin District Court, on May 21.

Gardai had objected to bail on the grounds that he was a flight risk and a decision on whether he is to be granted free legal aid was also deferred.

He had been served with a book of evidence on May 21 and the DPP had directed that he was to be tried on indictment at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Thompson, who did not contest his extradition to Ireland, went before the High Court yesterday in an attempt to get bail granted.

Garrett McCormack BL, for the DPP, told Mr Justice George Birmingham, that an adjournment was being sought. He explained that the DPP was seeking statement of Mr Thompson’s financial affairs.

Mr Justice Birmingham said Mr Thompson would have to provide the “comprehensive statement”. He adjourned the bail application until Thursday but said that it if it is not ready to go ahead it will be put back until June 3.