Saturday 18 November 2017

Murders planned months in advance as Fat Freddie fought for control

SHOT: Wicklow and Down mobs 'logistical support'

SHOCKING new details have emerged about the organisation involved in one of the country's most infamous unsolved double murders.

Gardai believe senior 'Fat' Freddie Thompson gang members Darren Geoghegan (26) and Gavin Byrne (30) were killed by their own mob as part of an internal power struggle.

They were murdered as they sat in the front of their car in a housing estate in Firhouse, south Dublin, on November 13, 2005.

It has now emerged that the murder was planned by Thompson's gang for months and they enlisted two separate criminal groupings from Bray, Co Wicklow and Hillsborough, Co Down for "major logistical support" for the slaying.

A senior source said: "These gangs sourced vehicles used in the double murder and were also involved in destroying the cars after it was carried out.

"The fact that the Thompson gang used two different criminal organisations for this hit shows how well it was planned and how organised it was.


"The two groupings would not have known each other and may not even have been told what they were providing logistical support for until the last minute.

"What is not in doubt is that Byrne and Geoghegan knew and trusted whoever shot them -- they were well within their comfort zone when they let the killer into the back of their car."

Last month an inquest into the double murder was adjourned when a senior detective revealed that a new line of enquiry is going on.

Detective Inspector John Walsh revealed the new aspect of the garda investigation to Coroner Doctor Brian Farrell. He said it first came to light about three months ago and was being pursued by officers at the moment.

His application for an adjournment until March 20 of 2012 year was granted.

Gardai have been investigating the murders for over six years and have been working closely with the PSNI to try and track down the vicious killers.

The PSNI have arrested three criminals in the North on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The focus of the PSNI investigation is to track down who sourced a silver BMW connected to the murders.

This vehicle was caught on CCTV crossing the border just days before the killings.

While the PSNI have been working on that aspect of the investigation, gardai have also arrested three men who they believe took part in the crime.

One of these is a major league crimelord from Bray, Co Wicklow, who is connected to a Black VW Golf car that was used in the killings.


This vehicle was found burnt-out in Bray shortly after the murder.

The Bray crimelord has been based in Spain for the last three years and had very close connections to the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson gang for years.

His crew are also suspected of being involved in a 2009 Crumlin/Drimnagh feud murder which cannot be detailed here for legal reasons.

Geoghegan and Byrne been travelling in an English-registered silver Lexus car in the middle-class Carrigwood estate in Firhouse.

Detectives believe the pair were in the area after a meeting was arranged with one of their own gang members.

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