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Thursday 14 December 2017

Moment Fat Freddie started pub brawl that landed him in prison

Mobile phone footage of Fat Freddie Thompson
Mobile phone footage of Fat Freddie Thompson
CCTV grab of Fat Freddie Thompson
Freddie Thompson

THESE are images of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson in Morrissey's Pub on the night he threw a beer bottle at another man and hit a woman, landing him behind bars.

Thompson (34) was handed a 20-month sentence after the incident which was "sparked by slagging" after a Dublin funeral.

The 34-year-old, of Loreto Road, Maryland, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at Morrissey's Pub, Cork Street, on January 7, 2013.

In the images, Thompson, wearing a striped T-shirt, can be seen emptying the beer bottle before throwing it.

With no victim making a complaint to gardai, Thompson was nominated as a suspect after gardai viewed CCTV footage.

He was extradited from Amsterdam last May and has been in custody since.

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However, he could be out of jail by the end of August due to time served since he was first remanded in custody and if he qualifies for remission for good behaviour.

He has 29 previous convictions, including a three-year jail term for an assault causing harm and two-year prison sentence for endangerment.

The remainder of the offences relate to criminal damage, public order, use of a phone in prison and road traffic matters.

A second man, Anthony Harte (24), of Stephen's Road, Inchicore, also pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was previously given 220 hours' community service by Judge Mary Ellen Ring in lieu of a two-year prison term.

A third man, who was not named in court, was recently acquitted of violent disorder by a jury following a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Martin Nolan said in all probability Thompson started the row.

Garda Seamus O'Donovan agreed with the defence that once Thompson became aware that gardai wanted to speak to him, his solicitor contacted them to say he would co-operate.

He also confirmed that Thompson consented to the extradition and his plea was valuable to his prosecution. The defence asked Judge Nolan to accept that nobody was seriously injured.

He said the "event was sparked by what started out as slagging" to which his client had an unacceptable reaction to. He told Judge Nolan that Thompson wished to offer his apologies to the court and the people in the pub.

Gda O'Donovan said the footage showed Harte, Thompson and a third man together in the back area of the bar before Thompson came up to the victim, shook his hand and slapped him across the face. He then returned to Harte and the other man.

Harte was then seen walking past the man and staring at him before returning again to the group.

Finally, the third man approached the victim and put his arm around his neck. Gda O'Donovan said the victim stood up to this third man and Thompson and Harte joined them. Thompson then took the man into a head lock and forced him to the ground.

victim

A large number of people then became involved and the court heard it is not clear what role Thompson played in this melee.

This brawl broke up before the footage showed Thompson picking up a glass beer bottle, emptying it and flinging it at the victim.

Harte was also seen picking up a glass bottle before Thompson ran at the victim, pushed a number of people out of the way and the third man pulled the victim to the ground.

Harte could then be seen kicking and punching the man before Thompson hits an unknown woman.

The defence submitted that his client didn't take advantage of the fact that people "went to ground" after the event and were willing to let it pass.

Thompson was handed a 20-month sentence, but with 25pc remission for good behaviour he can expect to serve just 15 months if he is considered to be a well-behaved prisoner.

The sentence was backdated to the time of his arrest in May last year.

hnews@herald.ie

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