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Saturday 23 September 2017

Naked men at flat as 'Fat' Freddie's cousin arrested

A COUSIN of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson has been jailed after gardai raided his apartment - finding stolen designer handbags worth nearly €9,000 in one room - and two naked men in another.

Officers had kept the apartment under surveillance on suspicion that firearms were being kept there by Thompson's cousin Liam Roe (pictured) for his own use and supply to "other known criminals" in Crumlin.

No guns were found and Roe was instead prosecuted for possession of stolen property after a bin liner full of Prada, Gucci, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Anya Hindmarch bags were found in his bedroom.

They had been stolen earlier that month from Brown Thomas in Cork.

Roe (33) was given several concurrent four-month sentences after he was found guilty on 10 counts of possession of stolen property at the apartment at Mill Race Court, Castleknock, on December 21, 2010.

Roe, with an address at The Lighthouse Apartments, Church Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Roe is considered a close friend and ally of 'Fat' Freddie and he has had a number of brushes with the law.

He escaped prosecution after being arrested in February, 2007, over allegations that he had threatened to kill a bouncer at a pub in Dame Street a month earlier.

It had been alleged that Roe threatened to shoot door staff at the bar after being refused entry to the premises.

Smashing

A taximan who is regularly stopped and searched by gardai, Roe found himself in trouble with the law when he obstructed a garda drugs search by flinging his mobile phone to the ground in a rage and smashing it during an incident in September, 2009.

He was later fined €250 for this offence.

Dublin District Court heard yesterday that gardai signed a warrant for the search of the Castleknock apartment under the Offences Against The State Act on December 20, 2010.

Sgt Brendan Breen said he outlined to the Supt information he had received previously from a reliable source and during surveillance, made observations that corroborated this.

He said the information was that Roe and two other people residing at the address were in possession of firearms "for their own personal use and supplying to other known criminals in the Crumlin area".

He went to the apartment and went in through an open door. In one room, the man whose name was on the lease and a second man were in bed. They were not wearing any clothes and were given an opportunity to get dressed and go to the living area.

Roe was in the other bedroom and was also allowed to dress and go to the living area.

No weapons were found in the search.

Handbags

Sgt Breen found the black bin liner full of handbags beside Roe's bed. The bags had price tags from Brown Thomas and one had a security tag.

Garda Michelle McGuinness said she spoke to Brown Thomas security officer Frank Keating and established that the total value of the bags was €8,755.

The court heard Mr Keating did a stock review and discovered that 10 bags were missing from the Cork store. On viewing CCTV footage, a woman was seen removing bags from the shop.

Defence Solicitor Michael Staines argued that the prosecution could not prove that the bags, which were produced in evidence to the court, had not been purchased at one of Brown Thomas other three branches.

He said the numbers on the price tags were not unique to the bags they were on.

Mr Staines also argued that the search warrant was invalid because the section of the legislation it had been issued under and its wording had been repealed.

He said the gardai were not entitled to seize other items once the items covered by the act were not found to be present.

The State Solicitor argued that the gardai were legally on the premises and entitled to invoke other powers to seize the suspected stolen property once they found it.

Judge Catherine Murphy rejected the defence submissions.

She imposed nine concurrent jail terms and took the final charge into consideration.

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