Freddie gang's death threat over love affair
A young man having a love affair with the girlfriend of one â€˜Fatâ€™ Freddie Thompsonâ€™s gang was in hiding today after gardai learned he was to be murdered.
The man â€“ who has previously been mutilated by the gangsters â€“ had to be rushed out of the city on Saturday.
â€œThompsonâ€™s crew learned he was having an affair with one of Freddieâ€™s key lieutenant's girlfriend. The order was given that he be whacked,â€ said a source today.
Garda intelligence indicated that the murder would be carried out on Saturday before Thompson was due to travel to Liverpool for the Wigan game.
â€œThis guy was seeing the girlfriend of one of Freddieâ€™s men and thatâ€™s enough for a death sentence in this city now,â€ said a source.
Gardai in the south inner city immediately went on a state of high alert and saturation policing was introduced in the Kevin Street and Kilmainham police districts.
Freddie himself has three times attacked men who were allegedly seeing his own women.
Meanwhile, officers are also investigating an incident on Saturday night, shortly after Thompson returned from Liverpoolâ€™s 3-2 victory.
Thompson sought refuge on the roof of a garden shed at his mother's Lourdes Road home on Saturday night after two of his former wingmen apparently arrived to settle an old score.
The men, including one who for a time was Thompson's right-hand-man, are believed to have been carrying a firearm which they â€œtossedâ€ before being traced by detectives. The hit was to be a revenge attack for the knifing of ex-soldier Andrew Murray on October 9.
Thompson, his closest ally Liam Brannigan and two others were questioned after that daylight assault that left Murray with cut in his arms, legs and stomach. It is believed that the â€œGlasgow Smileâ€ style attack infuriated some of Thompson's oldest friends who have now turned on him.
However, sources say that Freddie was â€œextremely panickedâ€ when he dialled 999 and begged for immediate help.
According to sources: â€œHe was approached by two men in hoodies with a gun as he was at the front of his mother's house.
â€œHe ran for his life out through the backdoor and climbed on top of a shed roof to hide.â€
Thompson then used his mobile to make the emergency call and told gardai that he was about to be killed.
Armed detectives, backed up by officers from the Special Branch â€“ who were already in the area in strength because of the earlier alarm â€“ rushed to the scene but the two would-be assailants fled.
Another accomplice is thought to have been waiting nearby in an Opel Omega that was later stopped by officers in the area and searched for drugs.
The three man, who are from the Crumlin area, were arrested and taken to Kevin Street Garda Station for a short period of questioning.
Until recently, one of those arrested had acted as Freddie's driver but he now wants his former boss dead.
Officers searched the car but failed to find a weapon and therefore couldn't charge the men with any offence.
It is believed that they â€œtossedâ€ the firearm and as a result a search was carried out in the Maryland area of the south inner city. But nothing was found and the men were released.
Since the incident Thompson has gone to ground and is said to be â€œvery upset and worriedâ€ by the latest attempt on his life. â€œIt is becoming more serious for him all the day because it seems that different factions of his once-strong empire are now putting him on top of their hit lists,â€ said a source.
Brannigan (25), one of very few people to retain childhood links with Thompson, is also in hiding. It is thought that the pair may leave Ireland for one of Thompson's international hideouts, most likely in Spain.
Thompson has survived several assassination attempts â€“ including one last February when gardai intercepted two hitmen on O'Connell Street.
He is already the main player in two city feuds. Since it began in 1998, the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud has claimed 15 lives. Separately, he is coming under pressure from the INLA who are determined to kill him.
The latest series of incidents means that he can no longer even trust his own gang members.