Gallery: ‘Fat’ Freddie arrives in court flanked by officers from the Special Detectives Unit
Freddie Thompson was flanked by armed officers from the Special Detectives Unit as he arrived in Dublin District Court today.
35-year-old Thompson has been charged with the murder of David ‘Daithi’ Douglas, who was shot dead outside his wife’s shop on the 1st of July this year by a two man hit squad.
An extensive investigation carried out by detectives at Kevin Street Garda Station and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) led to sufficient evidence being gathered to bring a charge on the direction of the DPP.
'Fat' Freddie Thompson
Mr Thompson was driven to the Criminal Courts of Justice in a four vehicle convoy at 9.30 am.
He was transported in a garda van escorted by two patrol cars and an unmarked car carrying armed gardai.
Dressed in a navy anorak with a grey hood, black tracksuit bottoms and black Nike runners, he did not address the court during the five-minute hearing but smiled and made hand gestures to a woman in the public gallery indicating he would call her.
He sat back with his arms folded as Det Inspector Paul Cleary gave evidence and told the court that Mr Thompson was charged just after 6.30pm on Saturday at Kilmainham Garda station. “In reply to the charge after caution he said 'no comment',” said Det Inspector Cleary said.
The garda applied for a remand in custody and defence solicitor John Quinn said that there was no objection to his client's next appearance being held via video-link.
Judge Waters remanded him in custody pending his next hearing at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.
His solicitor made an application for free legal aid and furnished the court with a statement of his client's means. Judge Waters acceded to the request and said he would assign Mr Quinn.
Bail cannot be considered by the district court in murder cases and he will have to make an application to the High Court to get released pending trial. A book of evidence has yet to be completed and served on Mr Thompson has not yet entered a plea to the charge.