Friday 22 February 2019

Thompson seen in 'spotter car' before murder, trial hears

Freddie Thompson is alleged to have provided logistical support in the killing of David Douglas in July 2016
Freddie Thompson is alleged to have provided logistical support in the killing of David Douglas in July 2016
David Douglas

CCTV footage showing Freddie Thompson get out of an alleged "spotter vehicle" and stop at his family's market stall just minutes before David Douglas was murdered has been shown to a court.

Mr Thompson (37) has accepted he is the man shown on CCTV on Dublin's Meath Street, but denies he was involved in Mr Douglas's murder.

The Special Criminal Court was also shown CCTV of the moment Mr Douglas was shot and fatally injured.

Mr Thompson is not alleged to have been the shooter, but he is alleged to have provided logistical support in the planning of his death.

The 55-year-old was shot six times at his partner's shop in Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, on July 1, 2016, and was fatally injured.


Gardai have alleged four vehicles were used in the murder - a silver Mercedes as the "murder vehicle", a silver Suzuki Swift as the getaway car, and two 'spotter' cars, a blue Mitsubishi Mirage and a silver Ford Fiesta.

Yesterday, Garda Ciaran Byrne continued to lead the judges through CCTV footage, including CCTV from Shoestown, the shop owned by Mr Douglas's partner.

The CCTV showed Mr Douglas standing in the shop at 4.11pm, before moving to the front door, where a man in dark clothing comes up to him, shoots him, and Mr Douglas collapses to the ground.

The man in dark clothing stands over his body for a brief second, before running away.

Gda Byrne then brought the court through CCTV footage showing the four vehicles of interest as they drove around the south inner city around the time of the murder.

At 4.10pm, the Ford Fiesta is caught on CCTV parking across from the Guild of the Little Flower on Meath Street.

The bearded driver, who is wearing a baseball cap, jeans and black jacket, gets out and goes over to a market stall, where he stands talking to a woman.

Defence counsel Michael O'Higgins SC said the Thompson family have been traders for 57 years and the accused accepted he was the man with the beard.

Gda Byrne said the CCTV tracks the Mitsubishi Mirage to the Q-park at Stephen's Green, where a man, identified as Mr F, parks the car at 7.26pm.

Four men, two of whom have been identified as Mr C and Mr F, with a third alleged to be Mr Thompson, are caught on CCTV meeting in Little Caesar's restaurant, Balfe Street, at 7.30pm.

In cross-examination, Mr O'Higgins put it to Gda Byrne that Mr Thompson lived locally on Loreto Road, Dublin 8.

Mr O'Higgins said the defence had received a Pulse snapshot of Mr Thompson's movements, where he had been stopped and searched by gardai.

He had been stopped at 25 locations, at Clanbrassil Street, Meath Street, Parnell Road, Donore Avenue, Rosary Road and Dolphin's Barn.

"It's quite spread out in the Dublin 8 area in terms of his movements," said Mr O'Higgins.

"The description is close to or very similar to the movements in this case," he added.

The trial continues.

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