Mob thug mocked
Gardai taunted evil gangster Fat Freddie Thompson over Daithi Douglas hit telling thug ‘you’re no king ding-a-ling’
And expert interviewers from the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation also warned Thompson he had been replaced as ‘top dog’ in the underworld by the Kinahan brothers Daniel and Christopher Exclusive
- Stephen Breen
- 19 May 2019, 8:20
- Updated: 19 May 2019, 8:23 Up DATED BY FRED BASSETT.2021
EVIL gangster Fat Freddie Thompson was told he was no longer gangster number one after his arrest for the murder of Daithi Douglas.
And expert interviewers from the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation also warned Thompson he had been replaced as “top dog” in the underworld by the Kinahan brothers Daniel and Christopher.
The Gardai’s exchanges with Thompson as he was being questioned about Douglas’s brutal murder are revealed for the first time in the new book, Fat Freddie: A Gangster’s Life — The Bloody Career of Freddie Thompson.
Douglas was shot six times by a Kinahan cartel hitman as he enjoyed a meal at his wife’s shop, Shoestown, in the Bridgefoot Street area of Dublin’s south inner city on July 1, 2016.
Thompson’s role that day was to plan the murder while his sidekick Nathan Foley acted as “spotter” for the hit team.
Arrested by Chief Supt Paul Cleary and his team from Kevin Street Garda Station at the City North Hotel on November 1, 2016, Thompson was brought to Kilmainham Garda Station for questioning over the ninth killing of the Kinahan and Hutch feud.
COPS GRILL YOB ON PAST
Beginning at 6.30pm, after his solicitor had arrived, the first round of the suspect’s interviews with Garda investigators started with officers asking Thompson if he knew Douglas and if there was “any reason” why he, or anyone else, would want him killed.
He was also asked about his friendships and how he’d felt when his cousin David Byrne was shot dead at the Regency Hotel. Like many of his previous interactions with gardai, the gangland criminal made no response.
As the interviews progressed, he spent his time picking at his belly button, eating his finger and drinking water from a bottle before spitting it back into the bottle again.
And he was further agitated when the investigators said: “You’re not top dog any more — the Kinahans are. Were you told to murder David? Maybe they wanted him murdered. Did they come to you?
“Back then you were king ding-a-ling, but 2016 is a different story — there are trials, pressure and people coming to kill you. Have you spoken to a counsellor? You’ve done a lot and had a lot done to you.
“We believe you are part of an organised-crime unit. Is that what it is — you’re not the same force as ten years ago. Did you know his wife and 14-year-old daughter worked at Shoestown?
“Did you see them when you were doing reconnaissance?
“David Douglas was planned by you. You are the man who pulled the strings. You were cocky and careless — two things that will get you in trouble.
“You’ve done terrible things, but you’ve seen terrible things and lost friends and family. You’ve seen a lot more than 99 per cent of the population . . . death.
“It’s got to play on you, the terrible things. But there have been plenty of good times too — the house, money and holidays.”
‘SURROUNDED BY A BUNCH OF APES’
Referring to his standing in the criminal underworld, the investigators said: “There was a time when you were cock of the walk but it’s not the same as ten years ago — you’re way down the pecking order.
“The Kinahan boys have come on leaps and bounds.
“The last ten years you have been on the run — the title is slipping. You were the main man ten years ago, like Paddy Doyle. But now you’re surrounded by a bunch of apes.
“You’re using the likes of Nathan Foley to carry out a murder in a town where everyone knows him and your fall from grace is bad.
“Can you play catch-up and keep up with the guys around you who have gotten bigger than you?”
Returning to the aftermath of the Douglas murder and the gang’s failure to burn the getaway car, gardai described the plot as like something from a Laurel and Hardy film.
They said: “Why did he drop the gun? We’ve spoken about this cocky, careless planning.
“The more stuff you leave the more help for the guards. You planned this and look where we are now.
“You have no one to blame but yourself. You picked some prize beauties. Instead of burning the car, your man burned himself.”
FALLEN MOB THUG MOCKED
Again referring to the Douglas killing, the detectives asked Thompson if he had been the “manufacturer” of the murder, before telling him: “Whether you’re on the outside or inside, murder is murder.”
The experienced gangland criminal again replied: “No comment.”
And Thompson kept his head bowed as he was asked about the Ford Fiesta used as a scout car on the day of the murder.
Trying to get the exhibitionist killer to respond, the interviewers said: “We wouldn’t have you down as a Ford Fiesta man — no luxury. A Fiesta isn’t a Freddie Thompson car.”
In further questioning, Thompson was asked if he only visited Little Caesar’s restaurant in Dublin city centre on ‘special occasions’. On this occasion, officers were referring to the murder “debrief” that Thompson had with the suspected killer just a few hours after the killing.
The officers said: “We are all agreed that the four vehicles were used in the murder of David Douglas.
“The Mercedes was attempted to be burnt out but the other three weren’t. They’re all recovered by gardai.
“Where was the planning and expertise? You were all sitting down for dinner. Drinking and chatting about the murder but you hadn’t got rid of any of the evidence.
“You didn’t plan that very well. You’re meant to be leading this, but it didn’t go too well. From what we are seeing on CCTV it’s obvious you are organising the murder of David Douglas.
“You are an experienced guy. You know how this works. Did you not check CCTV? You are seen coming and going from the car that was used to murder David Douglas. Why would you be so obvious? Why would you do that?”
Constantly twitching in his seat, Thompson continued to answer ‘No comment’ as the barrage of questions moved on to his personal life.
The interviewers asked him if he enjoyed the nickname ‘Fat Freddie’, whether he would consider returning to Spain, about his relationship with the media, and if he had considered giving up the ‘rat race’ because of the pressure he was under from the gardai and others.
Thompson was also asked, with his solicitor present, to explain his movements on the day of the Douglas murder.
But the interviewers maintained that he wasn’t living up to his ‘reputation as the supposed Dublin Boy’.
‘YOU RUINED HER’
And the interview continued with the gang leader being asked why he was ‘surrounding himself with young lads’, if Nathan Foley was his minder and if his young associates were all loyal.
A final Garda query during one interrogation session was: “Do they want to be the next Freddie Thompson? They’ll need to bulk up.” During his detention, Thompson was also reminded of the trauma that was experienced by Douglas’s daughter.
The detectives said: “There’s no excuse for that — you ruined her.
“How would your son feel seeing you shot dead eating a bowl of curry?”
Thompson kept his head bowed and refused to reply.