Murder accused Freddie Thompson shouts curses in court as judge refuses bail

Murder accused Frederick “Freddie” Thompson shouted obscenities in court today after he was refused bail by a High Court judge.

Mr Thompson (36), with an address at Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, is charged with the murder of David Douglas (55) at Bridgefoot Street in Dublin on July 1, 2016.

Frederick Thompson

When Mr Justice Paul McDermott said he was refusing to grant the bail application this morning, Mr Thompson, who was dressed in a grey zip-up jumper, stood up and shouted: "Fuck off, I'm not listening to that". He then proceeded to walk towards the door of the holding area.

Prison officers tried to bring him back before the judge but he continued to shout: "I'm not fucking going back in" and "the state of this country. You are all the same".

Two women who had been present in the court to support Mr Thompson then left the courtroom before the judge had finished his ruling.

The judge said today that he was rejecting Mr Thompson’s bail application on several grounds.

Mr Thompson had sought bail in the High Court today. However, the State objected to the application.

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

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

Mr Thompson was remanded in custody.


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