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Gardai fear escalation in violence as Freddie goes free

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Free: Fat Freddie Thompson accompanied by gardai after his arrest
Free: Fat Freddie Thompson accompanied by gardai after his arrest

GARDAI IN Dublin fear a marked escalation in gangland tension in the city following the release of high-profile gangster ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson from Mountjoy Prison on Saturday morning.

Detectives believe it is highly unlikely Thompson will flee to Spain, as he remains under investigation there over links to the Costa Cartel led by Christy Kinahan.
 
Thompson served 15 months after being convicted of violent disorder arising from a glassing attack on another man at Morrissey’s Pub, Cork Street, after a funeral on January 7, 2013.
 
However, he walked free early on Saturday morning ahead of his scheduled release on Tuesday after gardai arrived at the prison to inform him that there was a credible threat to his life.
 
Thompson was issued with a official Garda Information Message (GIM) that is isssued when gardai believe there is a credible threat to life.
 
A source yesterday told the Sunday World: “Thompson’s movements will be monitored. Obviously his re-emergence will create tensions in south inner city Dublin and plans are in place to deal with this. Thompson is suddenly a free man, but leopards don’t change their spots.”
 
Gang members associated with Thompson remain locked in a feud with a rival drugs gang headed by jailed mob-boss Brian Rattigan, who is serving life in Portlaoise Prison for the murder of Declan Gavin.
 
Rattigan was found guilty by a jury of stabbing Gavin to death outside Abrakebabra in Crumlin on August 25, 2001. It was the first of more than 16 murders in 12 years in a feud between Rattigan’s criminal gang and the faction linked with Thompson in south Dublin.
 
Gang members associated with Thompson are also the chief suspects in a series of botched hits on gangland figure Michael Frazer.
 
Gardai believe it is unlikely Thompson will flee to Spain following his release, as he remains of interest to Spanish authorities over his links to the Kinahan crime cartel.”
 
Thompson (35), who has 29 previous convictions, was jailed for 20 months in February of this year over an assault with a bottle in south inner-city Dublin. His release comes as he had already served nine months in custody while on remand, after being extradited back from Amsterdam in May of 2014.
 
He was arrested on May 5 on foot of a European Arrest warrant issued when he was hit with the violent disorder charge. He was brought back to Ireland by Gardai from the South Central Crime Task Force before he appeared in court.
 
Thompson’s release comes as he qualifies for automatic 25 per cent remission on his sentence, despite being caught with contraband on two separate occasions while behind bars