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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Freddie wants court to drop ex-zookeeper murder charge

Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson is accused of killing ex-zookeeper David Douglas
Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson is accused of killing ex-zookeeper David Douglas

Frederick 'Freddie' Thompson is applying to the non-jury Special Criminal Court to dismiss a murder charge against him.

Mr Thompson (36) is accused of murdering David 'Daithi' Douglas (55) on Bridgefoot Street on July 1 last year.

Michael O'Higgins, defending, told the court that his client was making the application under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999.

Mr Thompson was arrested on November 1 and detained at Kilmainham Garda Station.

Zookeeper

He was charged and remanded in custody after a brief hearing at Dublin District Court on November. 7.

Mr Douglas, a former zookeeper, of Killala Road, Cabra, was standing in the doorway of a shop owned by his wife, Yumei, when he was approached and shot several times.

He was taken to St James's Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

At Mr Thompson's first court hearing, Det Insp Paul Cleary gave evidence that "in reply to the charge after caution he said 'no comment'."

In April, State solicitor Elaine Fitzmaurice told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was applying for an order to have Mr Thompson - of Loreto Road, Maryland - face trial at the Special Criminal Court.

The DPP can direct an accused face trial in the non-jury court if it deems "the ordinary courts are inadequate for effective administration of justice".

David Douglas
David Douglas

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, made the order.

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