‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson put aside €35k war chest from Daniel Kinahan to murder David ‘Daithi’ Douglas with Lee Canava Crime Editor
- 7:15, 4 Jun 2021
‘FAT’ Freddie Thompson put aside a €35,000 war chest to murder David ‘Daithi’ Douglas, with cartel foot soldier Lee Canavan jailed for life yesterday for his part in the brutal hit.
And cops believe Canavan was earning around €500 a week for the two years he worked as mob boss Thompson’s driver before they targeted Douglas on July 1, 2016.
At the time of the killing, investigators suspect Thompson was given €100,000 by Daniel Kinahan to lead the onslaught against Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch and anyone remotely connected to him.
But it’s believed Thompson set aside €35,000 for the Douglas hit.
Once completed, detectives suspect mastermind Thompson received €20,000, while Canavan, 32, got €10,000 for moving a Ford Fiesta car used by the hit team.
Canavan’s associate Nathan Foley, 22, is understood to have received €5,000 for supplying phones to the gang, while Canavan’s half-brother Gareth Brophy, 26, got nothing for being the gunman’s getaway driver as he owed Thompson a drug debt.
Our latest revelations come after Canavan formally received a life sentence at the Special Criminal Court yesterday for his role in the murder.
The former printer also received a five-year sentence for criminal damage to a Suzuki Swift used as a “switch car” by the gang.
One investigator told us: “There is no question that Thompson would have taken a lot more money than the people he had recruited for this murder.
“Canavan was involved in further education and then he quickly progressed to being caught with drugs, working as a driver and then to being involved in a murder.
“The cash he received wasn’t a lot for a murder but his pay would also have been to cement his position as a trusted associate of Freddie Thompson.
“Thompson was a master manipulator and the younger men he recruited for this enterprise would have looked up to Thompson because of his reputation.
“Canavan thought he was a big man getting involved with Thompson but the only thing he received was a life sentence.”
It was claimed during Canavan’s trial that he was “the person who literally pulled the trigger”.
However, the Special Criminal Court heard last month that there was “not enough evidence” to establish he was the shooter.
Instead, he was convicted on the basis of “joint enterprise” after his fingerprints were found in a Ford Fiesta, one of four cars used by the hit team on the day.
It’s the first time an entire Kinahan cartel hit team has been convicted for their roles in a murder
The Irish Sun can also reveal Thompson’s team were described as “prize beauties” when he was interviewed by gardai about the killing in November 2016,
After Fat Freddie continually replied “no commento”, gardai said: “You’ve planned this and look where we are now. You’ve no-one to blame but yourself.
“You picked some prize beauties. Instead of burning the car — your man burned himself.”