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Saturday 21 September 2019

Cartel killer 'Fat' Freddie gets tuck shop ban for abuse of prison officer

  • Feared cartel figure in ‘extreme verbal outburst’
  • He also loses phone and gym rights in punishment
Mugshot of ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson, who is in Portlaoise Prison for the murder of David
‘Daithi’ Douglas
Mugshot of ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson, who is in Portlaoise Prison for the murder of David ‘Daithi’ Douglas

Gangland killer 'Fat Freddie' Thompson has been disciplined by jail bosses for abusing a prison officer.

The feared criminal has lost his tuck shop, phone and gym privileges over the incident, insiders say.

It is the first time he has been formally disciplined since being moved to Portlaoise Prison.

Thompson (39) is serving a life sentence in the maximum security facility.

He was convicted last year of the feud-related murder of David 'Daithi' Douglas in July 2016. The high-profile gangster has been locked up since November 2016, when he was charged with the murder.

Dangerous

He was transferred to Portlaoise last year because there were concerns about his "dangerous influence" on other inmates while on remand in Mountjoy Prison.

Since being moved to Portlaoise, Thompson had not come to the attention of jail authorities for disciplinary reasons.

However, this changed on Thursday of last week, sources inside the prison said.

"He has received a prison disciplinary report, otherwise known as a P19 form, for serious verbal abuse of a prison officer," a jail insider said.

P19 reports are handed to prisoners who have broken prison regulations and can lead to various punishments, depending on the severity of the offence.

"Freddie is not happy at all about this because it means that he has lost some of his privileges, which include access to the tuck shop, as well as reduction in recreational time and phone calls and other measures," said the insider.

"This was a verbal abuse violation but if threats had been made against the officer the consequences for the prisoner would have been a lot more severe."

Thompson is now on the A Wing of the high-security jail - a landing reserved for particularly violent and disruptive inmates.

It is not clear what sparked the angry outburst which led to him being disciplined.

Until last week's "extreme verbal outburst", Thompson had been generally "keeping his head down" in the prison and had not been involved in any fights with inmates or run-ins with staff.

"By being in the A Wing, his capacity for causing trouble in the jail is fairly minimal because prisoners there are under close scrutiny and are kept well away from the general population," the source added.

The infamous Limerick gangster brothers Wayne and John Dundon used to be on A Wing but they are now housed in a special unit in Mountjoy Prison.

In their absence, Thompson's main jail buddy is fellow murderer Warren Dumbrell.

Volatile

Dumbrell (45) is considered to be one of the most volatile and dangerous inmates in the prison system and has been kept away from the general population for a large amount of his sentence.

He is serving a life sentence for the murder of father-of-six Christopher Cawley in October 2006.

Thompson is due to appeal his murder conviction but that hearing is not expected to take place until at least next year.

The mobster - who has been involved in organised crime since his late teens - was convicted of the feud murder of Mr Douglas by the Special Criminal Court last August.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Justice Tony Hunt sympathised with Mr Douglas's family, particularly his daughter, who witnessed the shooting.

He said it was a terrible thing for anyone to see.

The judge also commended the gardai involved, saying the standard of the investigation into Mr Douglas's "execution" was "second to none".

The non-jury court heard that the 55-year-old victim was shot six times shortly after 4pm, as he took a meal break at the counter in his partner's shop, Shoestown.

A semi-automatic pistol with its serial number removed was found next to his head.

The judge said there was no doubt that Mr Douglas was murdered and that this was an execution which involved intricate advanced planning and co-ordination.

He pointed out that the prosecution did not suggest Thompson was the person who fired the shots, but that he was one of the people involved.

A Ford Fiesta driven by him was seen interacting with other vehicles and individuals involved in the plot on the morning before the shooting.

As a result of the guilty verdict, Thompson became the most senior Kinahan cartel figure to be sentenced for a feud murder to date.

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