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Freddie's woman pal 'too ill' to face court over driving charge

A woman who has been involved in a relationship with gang boss "Fat" Freddie Thompson has had a charge against her adjourned -- after she was too ill to attend court.

Vicky Dempsey (29) was due to appear in Wicklow District Court to bring proof that she was insured to drive when she was stopped for speeding in her BMW at 142kph in 2008.

Dempsey, of Stanaway Road, Crumlin, had already been fined €150 for breaking the speed limit in the incident in Co Wicklow.

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When her case was called yesterday, the court heard she had been in contact with the gardai to say that she could not attend court because both she and her child were sick.

Judge Murrough Connellan adjourned the case to February 16. Dempsey previously insisted to the court that she had valid insurance to cover her when stopped by gardai.

At the last hearing, she told the court she "completely forgot" to produce her insurance certificate and driving licence at a garda station within 10 days, despite having given an undertaking to do so.

She was caught driving at Rathmore, Ashford, breaking the 100kph limit on November 24, 2008. She had no licence with her and was also told to produce proof of insurance within 10 days.

She told Judge Connellan at the time she forgot to produce the documents within the time, but had brought them to court, handing a driving licence and insurance cert to Garda Edward Black in the witness box.

But when he inspected the insurance cert, the garda told the court it did not cover her for the date she was stopped.

Dempsey had told Judge Connellan: "I must have brought the wrong one".

She is the sister of the late Lesley Dempsey (26), a pal of Freddie Thompson who was not involved in crime and died tragically in 2008.

Gang boss Thompson was himself fined €300 last month at Dublin District Court when he was found guilty for public order offences.

aphelan@herald.ie