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'Fat' Freddie Thompson arrested in connection with David Douglas murder

'Fat' Freddie Thompson
'Fat' Freddie Thompson

'Fat' Freddie Thompson has been arrested by gardai investigating the murder of David 'Daithi' Douglas in Dublin city this year.

The Kinahan cartel member was arrested after gardai stopped a car he was travelling in from Northern Ireland:

'Daithi' Douglas was gunned down on Bridgefoot Street, in the Liberties area of Dublin's south-inner city, in July.

It is thought that the 55-year-old Douglas was shot up to six times in the head and chest during the fatal attack.

Gardai arrested Thompson (35) this morning and he is currently being held in Kilmainham station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He can be questioned for up to seven days.

Gardai are questioning him about his alleged involvement in the shooting of the father-of-one on July 1.

Thompson was released from jail in August 2016 after he served a 15-month sentence for violent disorder following an attack on another man at Morrissey's Pub on Cork Street on January 7, 2013.

He had been extradited from Amsterdam in May 2014 and was immediately remanded in custody before he eventually received a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the brawl.

In February 2015, he admitted the charge which the court heard was sparked by a slagging match to which Thompson reacted by throwing a punch and a bottle.

Since his release, Thompson has become embroiled in the Kinahan-Hutch feud which has claimed the lives of nine men since Thompson's former pal Gary Hutch was gunned down in Spain last September.

Douglas, who had survived a previous murder bid, was shot dead outside his wife Yumei's shoe store in July.

The father-of-one, from Killala Road, Cabra, was taken to St James's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardai believe the murder is linked to the bitter feud between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob.