Wednesday 23 January 2019

Thompson gets free legal aid as he faces city gun murder charge

Freddie has been charged with David Douglas’ murder
Freddie has been charged with David Douglas’ murder

Freddie Thompson, who has been charged with the murder of David 'Daithi' Douglas, must apply to the High Court for bail.

The 35-year-old was being held in C wing of Mountjoy Prison last night.

Earlier in the day, defence solicitor John Quinn made an application in Dublin District Court for free legal aid and furnished Judge David Waters with a statement of his client's means.

The judge acceded to the request and said he would assign Mr Quinn.


Due to the nature of the charge, the court does not have the power to grant bail, so Mr Thompson must apply for it in the High Court at a later date.

Father-of-one Mr Douglas (55), from Killala Road, in Cabra, was shot dead outside his wife's shop in Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, on July 1 by a two-man hit team.

An investigation carried out by Kevin Street Garda Station and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) led to sufficient evidence being gathered to bring a charge on the direction of the DPP.

Mr Thompson was driven to the Criminal Courts of Justice, of which the district court is a part, in a four-vehicle convoy at 9.30am yesterday. He was transported in a garda van escorted by two patrol cars and an unmarked car carrying armed gardai.

He appeared in the dock of Court No 4 wearing a dark- blue hooded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms.

Det Insp Paul Cleary said he re-arrested Mr Thompson at Kilmainham Garda Station on Saturday evening.

Defence solicitor John Quinn said there was no objection to his client's next appearance being held via video-link.

Judge Waters remanded Mr Thompson, of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, in custody pending his next hearing at Cloverhill District Court.

A book of evidence has yet to be completed and served on Mr Thompson, who has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

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