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Friday 15 December 2017

'I'm not f**king going back in' - Thompson's tirade at judge

Frederick Thompson was refused bail in his murder case
Frederick Thompson was refused bail in his murder case

A man charged with the murder of David Douglas outside a Dublin shop last year has been refused bail in the case, which is due to be heard by the Special Criminal Court.

Frederick 'Freddie' Thompson ranted and cursed at High Court judge Mr Justice Paul McDermott yesterday morning when his application for bail failed.

Thompson (36), of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, is charged with the murder of Mr Douglas (55) at Bridgefoot Street, Dublin, on July 1, 2016.

Shot

The father-of-one was standing in the doorway of a shop owned by his wife, Yumei, when he was approached and shot several times.

The victim, who suffered a number of gunshot wounds, was rushed to St James's Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Thompson was arrested on November 1, 2016, and detained at Kilmainham Garda Station.

He was charged and remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Dublin District Court on November 7 last year.

He previously applied to the Special Criminal Court to have the charge dismissed but the court refused the application, as it was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to put him on trial for the offences.

When his application for bail was refused yesterday, Thompson stood up and said: "F**k off, I'm not listening to this."

He walked towards the door to the holding area where he had been brought to the court.

Prison officers tried to bring him back before the judge, but he shouted: "I'm not f**king going back in", and "the state of the country. You are all the same".

Two women who were in the court to support Thompson then left the courtroom before the judge had finished his ruling.

Thompson had sought bail in the High Court, but the State objected to the application.

At yesterday's hearing, Sergeant Brendan Brogan, from Pearse Street Garda Station, told Ronan Prendergast, for the State, that he was objecting to bail because of the "seriousness" of the charge.

Sgt Brogan also told the court he believed that if the applicant was released on bail he would be a flight risk and might not face trial.

Objection

Another ground for objection, the court heard, was Sgt Brogan's fear that if the accused man was released on bail, it could result in further serious offences being committed.

The court also heard evidence from Chief Superintendent Francis Clerkin, who said that his objection was based on Section 2A of the Bail Act.

The section allows a chief superintendent give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.

Mr Justice McDermott refused bail on several grounds, including that Thompson represented a flight risk.

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