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Sunday 27 May 2018

Two-week break for Thompson murder trial

Freddie Thompson
Freddie Thompson

The state has closed its case in the trial of Freddie Thompson for the murder of David 'Daithi' Douglas.

Thompson has denied murdering Mr Douglas (55), who was shot six times at his partner's shop in Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, on July 1, 2016.

It is the prosecution case that Thompson (37), of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, provided logistical support in the planning and execution of a murder and was the driver of one of two spotter vehicles.

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It is alleged that at least four people - Thompson, and other referred to as Mr B, Mr C and Mr F - were involved in Mr Douglas' murder.

Gardai have alleged that four vehicles were used in the killing: a silver Mercedes, which was the "murder vehicle"; a silver Suzuki Swift, the get-away car; and a blue Mitsubishi Mirage and a silver Ford Fiesta, which were spotter cars.

CCTV expert Gda Ciaran Byrne was recalled yesterday to the stand, where he showed footage from the Guild of the Little Flower on Meath Street.

Sean Gillane, prosecuting, told the court heard that at 4.14pm the CCTV footage showed Thompson appear to hand an item to a woman, who was working at a market stall.

The footage then showed the same woman as she ran across the road, got into the silver Ford Fiesta and drove away.

A statement was also read into evidence from a man who said he was driving down Francis Street at 4.15pm when a Mercedes came up behind him and overtook him.

He followed the vehicle, as he was going in the same direction, and saw two men get out, one of whom, the passenger, appeared to have his face covered, possibly with a balaclava.

In his statement, he said the men had just got out of the vehicle when the Mercedes went up in flames.

The driver's trouser leg also caught fire and he quickly extinguished it.

The court heard that the men jumped into a silver Suzuki and drove off at speed.

Mr Gillane said that was the State's case. The trial has been adjourned and will return on May 31, when submissions and closing speeches are expected to be heard.

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