The man from Ballymun in north Dublin has links to selfie-obsessed sex attacker Glen Reilly who was jailed last month for a sex attack on one woman and a violent assault on another woman who came to her aid.
Local Fine Gael Councillor Noel Rock was threatened by Reilly’s associate because of comments he made on the case in the Sunday World last week expressing concern that Reilly would be back on the streets by next year.
Reilly’s associate sent him a message on Thursday saying: “I’m going to smash your f***ing head in.”
Gardai in Santry have launched an investigation into the threats which are being taken seriously.
Cllr Rock said he was not going to be intimidated by thugs trying to prevent him speaking out about criminality.
“I certainly won’t be bullied into silence for speaking up on behalf of people too afraid to speak up for themselves,” said Cllr Rock.
“A number of local people contacted me last week when they saw the Sunday World and said they were worried about this too, and thanked me for raising it.
“I won’t ever shy away from representing local residents, and I won’t give in to criminals or their associates, no matter the threats made, and the majority of local residents respect that.”
Reilly (19), from Owensilla, Ballymun, sexually assaulted one woman before viciously attacking another woman who bravely came to her aid.
He was handed a five year prison sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last month but Judge Martin Nolan suspended the last two-and-a-half years – meaning with remission he will be out by the end of next year.
A probation report found Reilly was a high risk in relation to sexual offending and violence against women. Councillor Rock commented on the case last week saying he was concerned someone deemed a high risk of reoffending would be back on the streets so soon.
Reilly attacked the two women in the early hours of October 12, 2012. He jumped on a 30-year-old mother-of-one when she was yards from her home and punched her full force in the face knocking her to the ground.
He repeatedly punched her in the face and temples and told her he had a knife before he started taking off her clothes.
A woman heard her screams and came to her aid but Reilly also assaulted her before fleeing the scene. Victim impact reports for the two women showed they suffered bruises, cuts and swelling to the face and body and since the attacks they have suffered from stress and anxiety.
Reilly said he had taken drugs and drink on the night of the attack and had earlier been assaulted by two men.
He committed two minor offences while on bail for the sex attack.