Freddie Thompson shouted obscenities when refused bail
Murder accused told High Court judge: ‘F**k off, I’m not listening to that’
Frederick “Freddie” Thompson who has been charged with the murder of David “Daithi” Douglas in July 2016 was remanded in custody.
When Mr Justice Paul McDermott said he was refusing to grant the bail application, Mr Thompson stood up and shouted: “F**k 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 f**king going back in” and “the state of this country. You are all the same”.
The judge said he was rejecting the bail application on several grounds including that he was a flight risk.
Mr Thompson had sought bail in the High Court on Monday. However, the State objected to the application. At that hearing, Sergeant Brendan Brogan from Pearse Street Garda Station told Ronan Prendergast BL for the State, that he was objecting to bail because of the “seriousness” of the charge.
Sgt Brogan also said 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 man was released on bail it could result in further serious offences being committed.
The court also heard evidence from Chief Superintendent Francis Clerkin who said his objection was based on Section 2A of the Bail Act. The section allows a Chief Superintendent give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.
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.