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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddie Thompson Out On Bail in Spain.

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, Drugs, Dublim, England, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, Italy, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

As was predicted in an earlier blog, Fat Freddie Thompson’s wise move to allow himself to be extradited from Cloverhill prison in Ireland to Spain to face charges worked out perfectly. Days after he was extradited, Thompson was brought to a courthouse in Estepona where he faced charges of drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, money laundering and unlawful assembly.

And guess what?

The judge allowed Thompson out on bail, which would have never happened had Thompson remained in custody in Ireland.

According to the article below, “Sources believe that his decision to agree to extradition to Spain to face the charges is a ‘tactical maneuver’ to allow him to continue his life of crime.”

Ya think???

Just so Thompson won’t miss any conjugal visits, reports say it is likely Thompson will be joined in Marbella, Spain by his girlfriend Vicky Dempsey and his young son.

It’s amazing how a criminal like Thompson was able to play the system in Europe, which is a place that is notoriously light on crime. Sure the cops in Europe put on a big show or arresting this one and that one. Yet Thompson, for all his alleged criminal activities, was able to avoid prosecution in Ireland. Then instead of languishing in an Irish jail after he was arrested on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, Thompson said something like, “I think I rather go to Spain, where those dopes will be stupid enough to let me out on bail.”

Kiddies, they used to say, “Only in the movies.”

Now I say, “Only in Europe,” where the last time I looked, two European counties named Greece and Italy, are looking for a European bailout because they have run out of money, basically because of runaway socialistic spending.

Now I know why so many rich Europeans are breaking down the door in America, trying to get into a country that only screws the rich a little bit. Europeans are fighting to get E-2 visas in America, like fat men fighting for the last meatball on the dining room table.

Criminals like Freddie Thompson perform country-hoping exercises in Europe to avoid jail as easily as an Italian drinks a bottle of wine. And to make matters worse, people are rioting in the streets in Europe because their big bad country is trying to pull the ever-present safety net from out under their lazy fat butts.

Give me the good old U.S. of A. anytime. Every time an American arrives home from across the pond, they should kiss the ground as soon as they get off the plane.

And the girls are prettier in America too.

No mustaches.

The article below can be seen at:


Sun shines on ‘Fat’ Freddie as he gets bail


By Niall O’Connor

Tuesday November 01 2011

GANG Boss ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson was today enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine after being freed on bail from a Spanish court.

The 30-year-old criminal was brought by armed officers to a courthouse in Estepona where he faced charges of drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, money laundering and unlawful assembly.

Thompson was extradited to Spain last Friday at the request of officers probing his links to Irish gang boss Christy Kinahan’s €1bn crime empire.

Sources believe that his decision to agree to extradition to Spain to face the charges is a “tactical manoeuvre” to allow him to continue his life of crime.

However the Crumlin gangster was spared more prison time after agreeing to bail conditions and was today soaking up the Spanish sunshine.

Thompson was ordered to hand over his passport and to sign on at the court twice per month until his case is heard — a requirement that is likely to bring him into contact with alleged associates John Cunningham and Kinahan’s sons Daniel and Christopher.

And it is likely Thompson will be joined in Marbella by girlfriend Vicky Dempsey (30) and his young son.

He is believed to be staying in a plush villa along with his cousin, Liam Byrne (32).

Spanish officers are expected to keep close tabs on the gangland boss over fears he may be targeted by enemies.

If convicted, Thompson is facing nine years in prison.

Thompson spent 13 days on the D2 wing of Cloverhill prison before being flown to Spain. He is thought to have then spent the weekend in prisons in Madrid and Alhaurin de la Torre — home to killers Dermot McArdle and Eric ‘Lucky’ Wilson.

Sources at Cloverhill have revealed that Thompson indicated being on bail in Spain would be a more attractive option than an Irish jail.

“He was always polite and caused no trouble whatsoever,” according to a senior officer.

While awaiting his extradition hearing, Thompson received three visitors.

One of these visitors is believed to be a close associate of fugitive Eugene Cullen, who is being sought for questioning by detectives in relation to a robbery in Dundrum and a fatal shooting in 2009.

Suspected gangland boss, ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson bailed in Spain

Costa del Sol

Friday, 04 November 2011 18:49



SUSPECTED crime boss ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson was released on bail following a court appearance in Estepona. Thompson was arrested in Dublin on a European arrest warrant on October 14 and consented to extradition.

The 30-year-old Dubliner spent 13-days in Cloverhill Prison in Ireland before being flown to Spain last Friday and spending the weekend in prisons in Madrid and Alhaurin de la Torre.

While he has not been officially charged with any crimes he “has been informed he is under investigation for crimes including money laundering, unlawful assembly and drugs trafficking,” a court source told Irish daily the Independent.

The three conditions of his bail are that he cannot leave Spain, hands in his passport to the authorities and signs on at court twice a month on days fixed by the court.”

If convicted he faces nine-years in prison in Spain


Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddy Thompson’s Paperwork Cleared For Extradition to Spain

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, Drugs, Dublin, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, police, Uncategorized, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

It seems being in prison for 12 days in Dublin made Fat Freddie Thompson a little less hefty, but it sure hasn’t hurt his thought process.

Some people were a little shocked that Thompson would agree so easily to be extradited from an Irish prison to Spain to face charges he was involved in a drug gang run by Irish mob boss Christy Kinahan. But there may be a method to Thompson’s madness.

Irish authorities feel very strongly that Thompson would get a much better chance in Spain of getting bail while awaiting trial, than he would in Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin. If Thompson did get bail in Spain, and that is a very iffy proposition at best, then Thompson would be in a great position to go on the lam to avoid prosecution. Thompson has been a heavy traveler all across Europe in the past several years, and it would not be hard for him to pull a disappearing act to anyone of the many cities, towns, hamlets, or even somewhere in the moors of Great Britain.

One thing for sure, you can’t sell Thompson short when it comes to going “into the wind.” He’s done that before and has been very successful at it.

This might explain why Thompson waived the usual 10-day delay on the extradition. Thompson’s lawyer said that “Mr Thompson was ‘anxious’ to be surrendered to the Spanish authorities and did not want to ‘hold the process up’.”

Men like Thompson always have an ace up their sleeves. I’m anxious to see what happens in Spain. But If Thompson is indeed able to get bail (and I’m sure he had tons of money stashed away someplace to put up for bail), don’t count on him ever making it into a Spanish court.

Frankly, waiving extradition to Spain was the smart move, and Fat Freddie Thompson has always proved to be pretty smart when it comes to avoiding prison.


The articles below can be seen at:

Fat’ Freddie set to be extradited after paperwork delays

By Charlie Mallon

Friday October 28 2011

A PAPERWORK delay was finally overcome today to allow for the uncontested extradition of ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson to Spain.

Arrangements are now under way to process the 30-year-old Dublin gangster in a Madrid court on gangland charges tomorrow.

He was due to be flown out yesterday but a further delay arose in the presentation of documents, which has repeatedly held up the extradition process.

He had waived all rights to contest the European warrant for his arrest on drugs and gun charges linked to Spain- based Irish gang boss, Christy Kinahan.

The move was initially expected to take just two or three days.

But Thompson has spent the past 12 days in the remand prison at Cloverhill in west Dublin where he has been accommodated in a segregated unit on the D2 landing.

Today’s plan is for the heavily armed Special Detective Unit to accompany him on the initial leg of his journey to Dublin Airport.

He is being handed over to Spanish authorities on the runway at the airport.

‘Fat’ Freddie who, according to prison sources, has lost a considerable amount of weight, is expected to be sent initially to the Soto del Real prison near Madrid.

Charlie Mallon

Jailed Freddie’s girlfriend hands over his passport

By Charlie Mallon

Wednesday October 26 2011

‘FAT’ Freddie Thompson’s girlfriend has handed over his passport to authorities ahead of his extradition to Spain.

The gang boss arranged for his girlfriend Vicky Dempsey to access his passport and hand it over.

She brought it with her on Saturday after an earlier visit to him at Cloverhill remand prison, where he is being held.

After a morning visit to his cell on the D2 wing, she returned in the afternoon and left the passport at the main gate for delivery to the governor’s office.

It is understood the passport was locked in the safe there before being taken to the office of governor Sean Quigley.

Ms Dempsey has been his most frequent visitor since his arrest on October 14.

Immediately after his arrest, on a European warrant on charges relating to weapons and drug trafficking, Thompson decided on his strategy. Following a visit from his solicitor he indicated to prison staff that he would not not be taking a legal proceedings to stall his immediate extradition.

He confirmed this in the High Court, saying he consented to extradition “straight away”.

The 30-year-old waived a 10-day delay on the extradition with his lawyer, saying Mr Thompson was “anxious” to be surrendered to the Spanish authorities and did not want to “hold the process up”.

The Spanish authorities have been seeking his extradition on the grounds that he is a member of a criminal organisation.

Gardai insist that Thompson knows he has a better chance now of getting bail in Spain, where senior officers would be strenuously objecting to bail on any terms.

– Charlie Mallon

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddie Thompson Extradited to Spain

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drugs, Dublin, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, organized crime, police, Uncategorized, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


Well it looks like Fat Freddie Thompson may be in for a long stretch in a Spanish prison.

Thompson was arrested in mid-October in Dublin, Ireland, on the basis of a European Arrest Warrant issued from Malaga, Spain last year. It seems that Thompson, while he was in Spain, was wiretapped having several conversations with associate Gary Hutch. In these conversations, the Spanish authorities claim the two men were discussing the distribution of drugs in Spain, Portugal, and Amsterdam.

The Spanish police also says that Thompson was a bodyguard and chauffeur for the Christy Kinahan crime family, whom Thompson has recently fallen out of favor with. In a undercover operation called Operation Shovel, the Spanish police gathered information which they say proves that the Kinahan Crime Family is “heavily involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and money laundering through a complex network of companies.”

After staying in a Dublin jail for several days, Thompson has agreed to be extradited to Spain to stand trial. If convicted of the charges in Spain, Thompson could spend up to nine years in prison.

Before he agreed to be extradited to Spain, Thompson tried in vain to get the government to pick up his lawyer’s tab. Thompson’s counsel John Berry argued in court that Thompson was basically indigent and has been supported by his mother for the past few years. Thompson did have a €20,000 settlement he received in road accident claim three years ago, but Berry said that money has already been spent. The judge didn’t buy Berry’s argument, saying that Thompson appears to travel freely whenever he wants to (you need money to do so), and that Thompson is not registered to pay tax in Ireland, nor does he receive social welfare.

Thompson has been placed in a special protection unit in jail, because the government fears some of his former colleagues may be out to get Thompson, and also because they fear Thompson may instigate some violence of his own in prison. Also, Thompson is not allowed any visitors except for his lawyer.

Stay tuned for more developments in the Fat Freddy Thompson saga.

The article below can be seen at:

‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson consents to extradition to Spain
19/10/2011 – 16:00:36

‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson has consented to his extradition to Spain to face charges that he is a member of a criminal gang involved in drugs and arms trafficking.

The 30-year-old from Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin was arrested last Friday on a European Arrest Warrant issued from Malaga last year.

While appearing relaxed at times in court, Mr Thompson seemed impatient for today’s proceedings to wrap up.

The 30-year-old has agreed to his immediate surrender to police in Spain, where he will face three charges of being part of an international criminal organisation that deal in weapons and drugs.

If convicted, he could face up to nine years in a Spanish prison.

The judge refused him legal aid after State lawyers objected on the grounds that while Thompson appears to travel freely and frequently from the jurisdiction, he is not registered for tax, nor is he in receipt of social welfare.

Thompson’s counsel John Berry argued to no avail that his client has been supported by his mother and that €20,000 compensation received in road accident claims three years ago had been spent.

Gardai in Spain for ‘Fat’ Freddie handover deal

By Ken Foy, Crime correspondent,

DUBLIN detectives have travelled to Spain to negotiate the handover of gangster ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson.

Sources say that gardai are spending a number of days with their Spanish counterparts examining evidence against Thompson.

“This is standard procedure in a case like this,” a source said.

Thompson is due to appear before the High Court today where he is expected to apply for bail after being remanded in custody on Friday when he was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant.

Spanish authorities want to extradite him to Spain and they allege that Thompson operated as a bodyguard and chauffeur for the Christy Kinahan drugs organisation, which was targeted in a massive international police operation in May, 2010, known as Operation Shovel.

Spanish authorities say that the Kinahan organisation is heavily involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and money laundering through a complex network of companies.

Sources have revealed that in the weeks before his arrest, Thompson had fallen out of favour with the Kinahan mob — organisation who his gang has been sourcing drugs from for over a decade.

A European Arrest Warrant has also been issued for Thompson’s close pal Gary Hutch (30) but gardai have not been able to find him.

The Herald has previously revealed that Thompson’s arrest warrant contains explosive details about a phone call tapped by Spanish police in December, 2009, between ‘Fat’ Freddie and Hutch in which the two criminals discuss firearms.

The warrant also alleged that ‘Fat’ Freddie and Hutch travelled together to Portugal in November, 2009 and Amsterdam in May, 2010, to organise drug shipments.

The warrant also states that Hutch and Thompson lived together in Spain and were “right-hand men” of Daniel Kinahan — the son of Ireland’s richest drugs trafficker Christy Kinahan.

Also mentioned on the warrant is Ross Browning (27) from north inner city Dublin who is alleged to have collected a major Irish criminal from Malaga Airport in May, 2010, in a car which was also regularly used by the notorious criminal Hutch.

Browning was one of around 30 people arrested by police investigating Kinahan’s drug organisation last year.

He was released without charge after being questioned for a number of days by Spanish authorities.

Since being sent to Cloverhill Prison on Friday, Thompson has been placed in the protection unit in the jail because of fears that he may become a victim of a feud related attack or that he may orchestrate violence within the prison.

It is understood he has had no visitors in jail.

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Irish Gangster Rides a Bike to Avoid Being “Hit.”

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, Drugs, Dublin, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


Martin Foley, an 59-year-old Irish criminal called “The Viper,” is a wanted man these days. So to avoid his car exploding when he’s headed on a trip to collect his money on the streets, “The Viper” has taken to riding a bicycle around Dublin.

How embarrassing, and not the safest thing in the world to do either.

It seems that Foley has a €60,000 bounty on his head, which was allegedly posted by The Godfather of Irish mob bosses: Christy Kinahan, affectionately called “The Dapper Don.” It seems that over a decade ago, Foley swindled Kinahan out of €100,000, and now that Kinahan is scheduled to begin serving a four-year jail term for money laundering, he wants to tied up some “loose ends.” Unfortunately for Foley, he is one of those loose ends Kinahan wants tied up, or actually eliminated.

According to the article below in the Irish crime reporting publication call Sunday World, Kinahan has given the contract to Fat Freddy Thompson to whack out Foley, who has survived four murder attempts already. But Fat Freddy as problems of his own, since he is reportedly “holed up at his mother’s house after it was firebombed by rivals who want him dead.”

So to sum things up, Kinahan is headed to the can, Fat Freddy is incognito for the time being, and Foley is peddling his butt around Dublin, with his head on a swivel.

Not a great time for organized crime figures in Dublin, Ireland.

The article below is available at the following link:


September 12, 2011

GANGLAND hardman Martin Foley has taken to his bike in a bid to dodge another assassination attempt.

”The Viper’ is paranoid about car bombs and hitmen outside his Dublin home after ‘Dapper Don’ Christy Kinahan offered €60,000 to have him whacked.

Each morning Foley, who has survived four murder bids already, checks for hidden devices under his car and is now cycling instead of driving himself. And the Viper is not the only gangland tough guy under siege this weekend.

Violent mob boss ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson is holed up at his mother’s house after it was firebombed by rivals who want him dead.

Thompson has even gone to the gardai looking for protection as the feud threatens to explode.
Viper’s Vicious Cycle

MARTIN ‘The Viper’ Foley has been warned that his life is in serious danger after ‘The Dapper Don’ Christy Kinahan put a €60,000 bounty on his head.

The Sunday World has learnt that Christy Kinahan’s son Daniel has been telling criminals around Dublin that his father will put up the money to anybody who manages to shoot the Viper dead.

Kinahan wants Foley whacked after accusing him of scamming him out of €100,000 in a row that goes back over a decade. Foley was recently approached and warned to pay up but refused so Kinahan has decided that he should be taken out according to Sunday World sources.

Foley has escaped four previous assassination bids and is said to be concerned about the latest murder contract and has taken to travelling around on a bicycle in disguise.

He also no longer drives himself and checks under his car and van for bombs each morning and evening according to insiders.

The Sunday World observed Foley on his bike last Friday morning and when he returned after an hour an associate arrived in a van to drive the 59 year-old criminal around to intimidate people as part of his debt collection business.

It can also be revealed that gardai recovered three guns a short distance away from Foley’s house on Cashel Avenue last week and believe that they were being stored to use in another hit attempt on the notorious villain.

A close associate of Fat Freddie Thompson was arrested close to where the deadly arsenal was being stored and detectives believe that he was intent on shooting the Viper and claiming the loot.

Because the recession has drastically affected the sale of drugs it is thought that a number of serious criminals will consider taking up the contract.

Martin Foley has been told by gardai that there is a threat on his life with sources saying that he is taking extreme personal security measures and is using anti-surveillance techniques wherever he goes to make sure he is not being followed.

Gardai have stepped up patrols on Foley’s road because of the death contract.

In January 2008 a close associate of Freddie Thompson ambushed Foley as he was leaving the Carlisle Health and Fitness gym on the Kimmage Road. The 24 year-old calmly walked up to Foley’s Audi A6 and opened fire with a Glock 9mm pistol.

Seven shots were fired at Foley from close range with four hitting him in the lower chest, shoulder and leg. Another bullet grazed his head.

Foley believed he was going to die and shouted out the name of his attacker but after he survived he refused to cooperate with gardai.

Christy Kinahan was also behind that murder attempt and ordered Freddie Thompson to set it up. Kinahan is the undisputed godfather of Irish organised crime and operated for over a decade from Marbella masterminding the importation of an estimated €1bn worth of drugs.

However he was targeted by Spanish police a year ago and his empire fell apart. He was extradited from Spain to Belgium last week to serve a four-year jail term for money laundering.

Sources say that Kinahan has been “tying up loose ends” over the last few weeks and that he will not rest until Foley is six feet under.

The Dapper Don was furious that the murder attempt failed but it had been thought that peace had been declared between the two men but garda sources have told them about the latest contract and are taking the threat very seriously.

Christy Kinahan and Foley fell out in the late 1990s after Kinahan accused The Viper of scamming him out of €100,000. Kinahan despised Martin Foley, but he never tried to exact revenge on Foley for the alleged con job.

However, Kinahan was eager to return to Ireland but knew that he couldn’t show his face in Dublin if he did not seek revenge for the missing money. So, he asked Thompson to take out Foley as a personal favour to him.

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fake Firebomb Found at Fat Freddy Thompson’s Mother’s Home

Posted in criminals, crooks, Dublin, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Even when Fat Freddy Thompson stays out of trouble, he can’t stay out of the news.

One week after Fat Freddy’s house in Dublin was firebombed, his security system detected a suspicious device on his property. It was later determined that the item was a hoax and not an explosive device.

Still, Fat Freddy has expressed deep concern to the gardai (police) in Dublin because his mother and sister also occupy that house. The gardai spokesmen issued the statement, “He is extremely worried for the safety of his mother and sister. But the truth is that he should have thought about these issues long before he started being so heavily involved in crime.”

Well yeah, but that’s totally irrelevant in light of recent developments. Fat Freddy is what he is. So gardai, please get over it.

It is also reported that the gardai are concerned about a violent feud between Fat Freddy and a 24-year-old Dublin criminal now hiding in Co Laois. Why the gardai are not releasing this criminal’s name to the press totally befuddles me. Fat Freddy’s name is in the news every time he scratches his nose, but the guy who allegedly is out to kill Fat Freddy get anonymity. Doesn’t seem fair to me.

The truth is, Fat Freddy maybe be a thug, a drug dealer, and maybe even a murderer. But as long as Fat Freddy is out of jail, or even if he is in jail, his family and his home should be afforded the same protection as any other Irish citizen should expect to receive. The Dublin police can’t be picking and choosing who they should protect, and who they shouldn’t protect.

I know this previous statement must make the gardai’s butts burn, but that’s the way it is in a civilized society.

The article below can be seen at:

Hoax bomb found at ‘Fat’ Freddie’s house

By Ken Foy, Crime correspondent

Monday September 05 2011

‘FAT’ Freddie Thompson’s home was sealed off at the weekend after a suspicious device was found at the property.

Gangland tensions were mounting in the capital after a major security alert at the house, occupied by Thompson’s mother, in the south inner city.

The property, in Loreto Road, Dublin 8, was sealed off for two hours yesterday evening after a suspicious device was discovered. It was later declared a hoax.

In the aftermath of the incident, armed gardai continued to patrol the streets around Thompson’s home.

Just 24 hours earlier the mobster was spotted in a bar in the Francis Street area. The 30-year-old gangster spent most of the day and night on Saturday drinking in the pub.

He returned to Dublin from Birmingham last week after his family home was firebombed.

The attack, which was caught on a CCTV system installed at the house, could have caused serious injury or death to the occupants of the house.

Instead the petrol bomb caused scorch damage to a door on the property.

The incident led to a furious Thompson returning home and it is understood that he has vowed to defend the property.

Days after the attack the Herald photographed Thompson defiantly standing at the door of the house.

Soon after his arrival in Dublin, Thompson made contact with a number of senior gardai and asked for more protection at his family home.

“He is extremely worried for the safety of his mother and sister. But the truth is that he should have thought about these issues long before he started being so heavily involved in crime,” said a source.

It is understood that Thompson has told officers that he is “back for good” after spending almost two years abroad based between Birmingham, Amsterdam and Spain.

Gardai are particularly concerned about a simmering feud between Thompson and a 24-year-old Dublin criminal now hiding in Co Laois.

The rival criminal was present in an incident in which Thompson’s brother suffered a broken leg and his wife was stabbed in the face in a south city pub in March.

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddy Thompson’s Gang Whacked An Innocent Man Because He Witnessed a Mob Rubout

Posted in criminals, crooks, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, murder, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


Nothing gets the gardai’s nose more crooked than the mob killing of an innocent man.

It is alleged that Fat Freddy Thompson’s gang used a crooked car dealer named Brian Downes for a number of capers, including supplying get-away cars after a murder, and the transportation of illegal drugs. On two separate occasions, cars that Downes supplied to Thompson’s gang were immediately seized by the gardai (Irish police), after they were filled with heroin. Fat Freddy’s gang put two and two together and they figured Downes was the one who tipped off the gardai.

On October 5, 2007, Downes was whacked at his own garage (allegedly Fat Freddy himself did not give the order for the hit, but a close associate did). Downes was shot eight times, once in the head, and seven times in the body.

The only problem, at the garage when the hit (and Downes) went down, was an innocent man named Edward Ward, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So not to leave any witnesses, Ward was shot twice in the head, rendering him quite as dead as Downes.

So what’s the moral of this story? There isn’t any.

But it might be a good idea not to be in the company of a man playing ball with a very dangerous drug-dealing gang, like Fat Freddy’s.

But what if poor Ward was just at Downes’ garage to buy a car?

Hey, spit happens.
The article below appeared at:

‘Fat’ Freddie gang led hit on car dealer

MURDERS: Innocent man also shot dead after witnessing assassination

By Ken Foy

Thursday May 19 2011

A MEMBER of ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s gang is suspected of ordering the hit on a car dealer which led to a shocking double murder.

A jury at Dublin County Coroner’s Court this week returned verdicts of unlawful killing at an inquest into the deaths of car dealer Brian Downes (40), who was gunned down alongside Edward Ward (24) in 2007.

Downes was the target of the hitman and Ward — who was not considered a criminal — was shot dead simply because he was a witness to the execution.

The car dealer had a long history of providing vehicles to members of ‘Fat’ Freddie’s gang but a contract was put on his life when the gangsters suspected that he had become an informer, the Herald understands.

Sources say that Downes was blamed for providing gardai with information about two major drug seizures in 2007 when hundreds of thousands of euro worth of heroin was taken off the streets.

The gang suspected that Downes had provided officers with information about the movements of vehicles before detectives moved in on them and seized the drugs. “As soon as they suspected that Downes was helping gardai — that was the end of him. Unfortunately Mr Ward happened to be caught in the crossfire,” said a source.

Downes had previously been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of ‘King Ratt’ gang member John Roche in March 2005 — Roche was killed by the ‘Fat’ Freddie mob but no one has ever been charged with that slaying.

The crooked car dealer was arrested on suspicion of providing the getaway car in that murder and sources say that Downes regularly provided vehicles for the Thompson gang for drug runs and other criminal enterprises. “He was a Del-Boy type figure but he got himself involved with some very dangerous people,” a source pointed out.

It is understood that ‘Fat’ Freddie did not personally sanction the murder of Brian Downes, but it was ordered by one of his closest associates.

This week’s inquest heard that Downes was shot eight times — once in the head and seven times in the body while Mr Ward was shot twice and died of a gunshot wound to the body. The shooting happened at Downes’ garage on the Greenhills Road, in Walkinstown, on October 5, 2007.

Joe Bruno of the Mob Irish Mobster Shane Lyons

Posted in criminals, crooks, Dublin, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, organized crime, police, Uncategorized, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


In a previous article I incorrectly stated that Irish gangster Shane Lyons had brutally beaten the mother of his six-week old child. I was informed by someone who personally knows the situation that I was incorrect. So I’m here to make a retraction.

One woman Lyons brutally beat up, Ms. Kelly, was Lyon’s girlfriend. The other woman who was beaten by Lyons, Kerry Lee Ball (she had tried to come to Ms. Kelly’s aid), had given birth six weeks earlier, but Lyons was not the father of that child.

In the journalism business, it’s very important to get the facts right. I failed to do that in the previous article. I’m glad someone pointed my mistake out to me. And if any other of the readers of my blog see anything I write they know not to be accurate, I’d appreciate it if they sent me a comment with the correct facts.

Accuracy should be important to any journalist. And it is to me.

As for Lyon’s, he still beat up two woman and has reluctantly apologized. To me, Lyons is still a creep for doing that.

But if Lyons has any other children, I would not want them to have the mistaken impression that their father beat up the mother of his six-week old child. That simply did not happen. And I altered the previous story to remove the incorrect comments.

The article below is the one I based this and the previous article on.

This article originally appear in Ireland’s online newspaper Source: and re-printed in Mafia Today

July 27, 2011 by Capo
The Herald can reveal that Shane Lyons is a notorious gangster who has links with ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s gang.

He was also involved in a major dispute with gangland boss Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne over a stolen car, before ‘The Don’ was shot dead in a Cabra pub last year.

Lyons is also a convicted drugs trafficker who was jailed for four years in March 2001 after he admitting importing IR£160,000 worth of cannabis from South Africa.

The violent crook has also links to veteran gangster Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley.
Yesterday, Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunneheard that Lyons (41) choked Ms Kelly before locking the door and telling her to “sleep on the floor like the animal she was”.

A friend who tried to protect her was then beaten so badly by Lyons that she had to be taken away in an ambulance.
Lyons, Ms Kelly and her pal Kerry Lee Ball, who had given birth to a baby six weeks earlier, had all been on a night out together before he attacked them at his Rathfarnham, Dublin, home.
Ms Kelly described Lyons during the attack as “the face of pure evil”.

Lyons had separated from his wife after she had a miscarriage and had been seeing Ms Kelly for six months at the time of the attack on August 31, 2009.

They had been out at a city-centre club and the two women had taken cocaine during the evening. Ms Kelly had told Lyons she wanted to go outside for a cigarette but instead went back to his home at Harold’s Grange Road, Rathfarnham.

Garda Joanne Grogan told the court the accused had come home screaming that Ms Kelly had left him. He told her to get out of his bed and she went downstairs to a spare bedroom, where she packed to leave. Lyons told her “she wasn’t driving her car” even though she told him she did not have the keys.

He pushed her against the bedroom wall, then followed her upstairs where he pushed her down on to his bed, got on top of her and ‘strangled’ her with both his hands.

Her body went limp, she could not breathe and her eyes felt like they were going to pop, as he told her she “was trying to make a fool out of him and wouldn’t treat him like a thickie”.
Her head going light, she stopped fighting and he let go.

He locked the bedroom door, threw a pillow at her and told her to sleep on the floor before taking the battery from her phone and putting it under his pillow when she tried to call her father.

He punched her to the side of the head at one point but eventually agreed to open the door, saying: “Fiona, I just didn’t want you to drive home.”

Ms Ball arrived and Ms Kelly told her what happened before trying to strike Lyons with a bottle opener. The accused grabbed Ms Kelly by the throat again, lifting her up on her “tippy toes”, saying: “Who do you think you are, I’ll f***ing kill you”.

Ms Ball tried to pull him off Ms Kelly but he shoved her away twice and flung Ms Kelly on to the bed by her hair.

Again Ms Ball tried to stop him and he punched her full force to the side of the head.
Ms Kelly screamed at her friend to run, but Ms Ball tripped and fell and the accused got her by the arms and flung her out into his front garden, on to her back.

He then grabbed Ms Kelly by the throat again and pinned her to a car. Gardai and an ambulance arrived and Ms Ball was taken away on a spinal board.

In her victim impact statement, which she read out to the court, Ms Ball said she would never forget Lyons face on the night, his extreme rage, or her friend’s face turning purple in colour.

Lyons hands were gripped “around her neck so tightly I thought she was almost dead”, Ms Ball said.

She began blocking out what happened with prescription medication, she was in constant fear and her mother had to care for her newborn baby. Her relationship ended and she became withdrawn and paranoid, she said.

In her statement, Ms Kelly said she suffered flashbacks, nightmare and a lack of sleep as well as “vivid images” over and over in her head of the accused strangling her.

“It was the face of pure evil, a face that will haunt me for the rest of my life,” her statement said. “I can honestly say I thought I was going to die and I would never see my children again.”

Both women said the accused had shown no remorse since the incident. Lyons apologized through his barrister.

“Can he say it?” Ms Kelly asked.

“I can, yeah, I’m sorry for what happened,” Lyons said from the dock.

The defendant’s car dealership business had collapsed in the recession and a repossession order had been put on his home. Judge Hunt adjourned the case for sentencing to a date in December.