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Gang boss 'Fat' Freddie is back in Ireland

Freddie Thompson
Freddie Thompson

Gang boss 'Fat' Freddie Thompson was spotted drinking cocktails in the Westbury hotel at the weekend, according to reports in today’s Herald.

Thompson, who had been hiding out in England after he came under threat from the Kinahan Cartel for pocketing cash, had been on a pub crawl in Dublin city.

The 34-year-old was released from Mountjoy Prison in August after serving 15-months for violent disorder after an attack on another man at Morrissey's Pub on Cork Street on January 7, 2013.

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

The thug was warned by gardai upon his release that his life was in danger.

The Sunday World has learnt that some of Thompson’s former associates in the Kinahan Cartel fell out with him over money and he now fears they will come after him as a result.

“Thompson’s crew were supposed to collect money for the Kinahans in Ireland, but the Kinahans got word that they were pocketing some of the cash,” said a source.

Thompson is also believed to have been isolated by two former close associates who wrongly suspected him of giving information to gardai which led to the two major drug seizures.

Another man who survived a number of assassination attempts has also been leading a whispering campaign against Thompson.

In October he defied death threats to fly to Dublin and attend Ireland's European Championship qualifier against Germany earlier this month.

The gangster arrived from England and spent two nights here, during which time he was in the crowd at the Aviva to cheer Ireland to a 1-0 win over the world champions.

The soccer-mad mobster then slipped back out of the country and returned to his hideaway in England, via Spain.

Thompson’s cousin Liam Roe was targeted by a hitman dressed in a wig at the weekend.

The 36-year-old was approached as he stood outside the Red Cow hotel smoking a cigarette on Friday evening.

However, the hitman's gun jammed as he tried to shoot Roe and he subsequently fled the area. A vehicle believed to be the getaway car was later found burned out in Ballyfermot.

Sources said the attempted hit was carried out by a north-inner city gang associated with Gary Hutch, who was shot dead on Spain's Costa del Sol in September, and that Roe was not specifically targeted.