'Fat' Freddie in prison transfer over 'influence'
Gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson is set to be moved from Cloverhill prison to a jail in Cork because he is having too much influence on prisoners in Dublin.
Thompson, who is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to an assault in a Cork Street pub, is expected to be moved early this week.
The 33-year-old, from Loreto Road in Maryland, off Cork Street, had already been moved out of the general population to the D Wing in Cloverhill when it was believed his association with other inmates was giving him a position of power and influence.
"It was just felt that being able to freely mix with other prisoners was not in the best interests of prison harmony and that Thompson was exerting a bit of influence with others," said one source.
"It was hoped that moving him to D Wing would be enough to segregate him from others, but it was decided last week that in everyone's interest, from prison staff to prisoners, it would be better to remove him altogether," they added.
Thompson was extradited from Amsterdam and pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to engaging in violent disorder at Morrissey's Pub, Cork Street on January 7, 2013.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring remanded him in custody until his sentence hearing on February 2 next year.
He was granted legal aid and a senior counsel.
On a previous occasion, defence counsel Sandra Frayne said her client has no income and is supported by his mother who works as a street trader.
Thompson's family are said to be furious at the Cork move being forced upon Freddie because they will now have to make a very long journey to visit him.
"His family aren't happy about the move because visiting him in Cloverhill is obviously easier than travelling to Cork, but they will probably find the infrastructure to Cork is a lot better than it used to be and it is now easier to get there," the source explained.
There had been rumours that Thompson had been spending a lot of cash in the Cloverhill prison tuck shop and handing out treats and goodies to other prisoners in an effort to build an army of support from the ranks of inmates on remand, but this has been dismissed by prison management as "fanciful hearsay".
"Prisoners are limited in the amounts they can spend and buy within the prison system to prevent any sorts of bargaining situations developing," said a senior prison source.
"Everyone has similar spend and access in the tuck shop to keep things on an even keel," they added.