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Sunday 4 December 2016

'Fat' Freddie sips cocktails during Dublin pub crawl

'Fat' Freddie Thompson was spotted sipping cocktails in Dublin
'Fat' Freddie Thompson was spotted sipping cocktails in Dublin

'Fat' Freddie Thompson is back in Ireland, the Herald can reveal.

The gang boss was spotted drinking cocktails in the Westbury hotel at the weekend

It is understood that Thompson had been on a pub crawl earlier in the evening, despite a death threat against him from the Kinahan cartel.

Thompson had fled to the UK in August following his release from Mountjoy Prison after gardai informed him that his life was in danger.

The 34-year-old served a 15-month sentence 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.

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The Herald previously revealed that the gangster is not welcome back on Spain's "Costa del Crime "by his former associates in the cartel run by Christy Kinahan. They now consider him a liability to their operation - and there are also other criminal groups in the capital who want him dead.

Sources said that he was in a "relatively isolated position", but still has the backing of his feared cousins, Liam and David Byrne, from Raleigh Square in Crumlin.

Another relative who has not turned his back on Thompson is his cousin Liam Roe, who was targeted in a botched assassination attempt at the weekend while socialising with members of the Christy Kinahan cartel.

A would-be-assassin disguised in a wig approached Roe (36) 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.

"They went for Roe for no particular reason, just that they recognised him. It is not as if it's anything to do with Hutch's murder," a source told the Herald.

In 2012, Roe failed in a bid to get gardai to return two Rolex watches worth almost €15,000 seized in a search a year earlier. He was also arrested in 2007 over allegations that he had threatened to kill a bouncer.

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