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Freddie Thompson remanded in custody on murder charge

Crime DeskBy Tom Tuite
Freddie Thompson
Freddie Thompson

Thompson, 35, charged with the murder of David 'Daithi' Douglas, who was shot dead on a Dublin street in July, has been further remanded in custody.

Frederick 'Freddie' Thompson, of Loreto Road, Maryland, in Dublin, was arrested on November 1 and detained at Kilmainham garda station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007. He was charged on Saturday evening and remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Dublin District Court on Monday morning.

David 'Daithi' Douglas, 55, from Killala Road, Cabra, north Dublin was shot dead outside a shop on Bridgefoot Street in Dublin on the afternoon of July 1, 2016. The father-of-one was standing in the doorway of a shop owned by his wife Yumei when he was approached and shot several times.

The victim, who suffered a number of gunshot wounds, was rushed to St James's Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Mr Thompson faced his second hearing today when he appeared via video-link before Judge William Hamill at Cloverhill District Court. Dressed in a green T-shirt and a black zip top, he spoke briefly to confirm his name and that he could see and hear the proceedings.

Det Inspector Paul Cleary of Kevin Street Garda station, applied to the court to remand Mr Thompson in continuing custody for another two weeks. Defence solicitor John Quinn said there was consent to an adjournment of no longer than two weeks.

Freddie Thompson was further remanded in custody to appear again on November 25.

At his first hearing on Monday, Det Inspector Cleary gave evidence 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 had said.

Mr Thompson has also been granted free legal aid.

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.