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Monday 20 November 2017

'Fat' Freddie played key role in Kenny shooting

GANG boss 'Fat' Freddie Thompson played a key role in the shooting of a 21-year-old man who died two years later.

Legal history was created yesterday when Jonathan Dunne (26) was convicted of the murder of his pal Ian Kenny as he was previously serving 12 years for attempting to murder the same person.

Kenny died in July, 2009 - after spending two years in a coma after being shot by Dunne at Lakelands Road, Stillorgan, south Dublin.

The background to the murder is complex but stems from the fact that when he was a teenager, Dunne lost cannabis worth €50,000 which gardai believe belonged to 'Fat' Freddie's gang.

He was not asked to pay back the cash at the time but was told that he owed Thompson's gang a favour.

In July 2007, the gang called in that favour and Dunne was ordered to kill his childhood friend Kenny.

Sources say that the reason for this is that Kenny had been in a long standing feud with associates of Ian 'Mad Dog' Maloney (24) --the notorious criminal who was closely linked to Thompson's gang at the time.

'Mad Dog' who has around 70 previous criminal convictions is serving a lengthy sentence for his role in a €1.2m heist at a jewellers in Dundrum Town Centre.

As the feud between Kenny and 'Mad Dog's' associates threatened to spiral out of control in September 2006, a garda sergeant was shot as he stood outside Kenny's home by one of Maloney's associates

By the summer of 2007, it is understood that 'Mad Dog's' crew put pressure on Thompson's gang to sanction the murder of Kenny who had already survived at least one assassination attempt before Dunne was enlisted.

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After being arrested for the attempted murder of his friend, Dunne told gardai that a week before the shooting, a gun was pointed at his head by "people in Crumlin" and he did not think the gardai could protect him. He said he was told to pick up a gun which was hidden on the grounds of a school in Drimnagh which he said was already loaded.

"I cannot tell the names of those men. These men are at the centre of everything in Crumlin", Dunne told gardai in an interview.

"I'm sorry for doing everything I've done especially for what I've done to my friend Ian -- it was either his life or my family's," he added.

The Kenny family say that they continue to suffer intimidation and harassment from associates of Mad Dog Maloney after Ian was shot.

In December 2010, Ian's dad John required treatment in intensive care in hospital after being viciously attacked with a hatchet at a house on Donore Avenue, Dublin, when two men forced their way in.

In another incident linked to the feud, Ian's sister Adele was forced to remove three of her children from school following the serious assault of her teenage daughter and ongoing threats in September, 2010.

The Kenny family home on Monasterboice Road in Crumlin, which has been the target of several attacks, is now like a fortress, with three CCTV cameras on the front of the house and one on the roof.

k.foy@herald.ie

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