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Sunday 17 December 2017

Thompson's murder trial over shooting of Douglas set for April

Thompson is accused of murdering David Douglas. Photo: O'Breslin
Thompson is accused of murdering David Douglas. Photo: O'Breslin

A man charged with the murder of David 'Daithi' Douglas outside a Dublin shop will go on trial next year.

Frederick 'Freddie' Thompson is accused of murdering Douglas.

Earlier this week, he launched a foul-mouthed tir-ade in court, shouting "f**k off" when his bail application was refused.

Douglas was shot dead outside the shop on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8.

Thompson (36), of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, and Nathan Foley (18), of Rosary Road, also Maryland, are both charged with Douglas' murder on July 1, 2016.

Custody

Foley is also charged with damaging a car at Strand Road, Dublin 4, three days later.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, set a trial date of April 30 next year.

The court heard that the trial is expected to last two weeks.

Both men were remanded in custody.

The case was listed for mention again on December 21.

Thompson previously applied to the Special Criminal Court to have the charge dismissed, but the court refused the application as it was satisfied there was sufficient evidence to put him on trial for the offences.

When his application for bail was refused on Tuesday, he stood up and said: "F**k off, I'm not listening to this."

He walked towards the door to the holding area from where he had been brought into the courtroom.

Prison officers tried to bring him back before the judge, but he shouted "I'm not f**king going back in" and "the state of the country. You're all the same".

Two women who were in the court to support Thompson left the courtroom before the judge had finished his ruling. Thompson had sought bail in the High Court, but the State objected to the application.

At that hearing, Sgt Brendan Brogan, of Pearse Street Garda Station, told Ronan Prendergast, for the State, that he was objecting to bail because of the "seriousness" of the charge.

Sgt Brogan also told the court he believed that if the applicant was released on bail he would be a flight risk and might not face trial.

Another ground for objection, the court heard, was Sgt Brogan's fear that, if the accused was released on bail, it could result in further serious offences being committed.

Prevent

The court also heard evidence from Chief Supt Francis Clerkin, who said that his objection was based on Section 2A of the Bail Act.

This section allows a chief superintendent to give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.

Mr Justice McDermott refused bail on several grounds, including that Thompson represented a flight risk.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) previously granted an order to have Thompson face trial at the Special Criminal Court.

The DPP can direct that an accused face trial in the non- jury court if it deems "the ordinary courts are inadequate for effective administration of justice".

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