Gangland enforcer for caged killer Brian Rattigan jailed for 3 years for brutally stabbing friend over alleged €200 debt
- 26 Jan 2021, 7:30
- Updated: 26 Jan 2021, 11:01
A GANGLAND enforcer for caged killer Brian ‘King Ratt’ Rattigan has been jailed for brutally stabbing a friend over a €200 debt.
Thug Mark Pidgeon, 31, received a three-year sentence at Dublin Circuit Court yesterday for stabbing close pal Kenneth Osborne, 33, at the Basin Street flats complex in south inner city Dublin on March 15, 2020.
During the horror attack, which was filmed and later posted on social media, Osborne suffered ten stab wounds to his body and arms.
He was treated in hospital for a punctured lung and underwent surgery to his bicep.
The Irish Sun can also reveal Pidgeon, from the Bluebell area of Dublin — who has 45 previous convictions and was also a close associate of the evil killers Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell — attacked his friend just hours after attending the christening of Osborne’s child.
A source said: “Pidgeon is a very violent, unpredictable and dangerous criminal who’s thankfully now off the streets.
“He had no problem attending a very important event for his friend and then just a few hours later he’s attacking him with a knife.
“Osborne is lucky to be alive because this was a sustained and brutal attack. Pidgeon’s role for Rattigan would have been collecting from addicts who owed cash.”
During the recording of the attack, Pigeon’s victim is heard saying: “Do you want to have a joint?”
But the conversation turns to demands for cash before someone yells “slash him out of it” and “you dirty rat”.
Following the incident, Pidgeon bolted from the flats before dumping the knife in a garden at Mary Aikenhead flats.
Gardai from the Kilmainham Garda Station’s Serious Crime Unit arrived at the scene and the victim was found lying in a pool of blood by gardai before he was rushed to hospital.
In a follow-up search, investigators recovered the blood-soaked knife.
Pidgeon was identified as a suspect because his name was mentioned in the video and because he was captured on CCTV.
His DNA was also recovered from the knife. Det Garda Graham O’Neill told the court yesterday Pidgeon had been identified arriving and leaving the flats complex. Traces of his victim’s DNA were also recovered from the weapon.
The hood, who also has six previous convictions for using a knife, was caught by gardai on April 10 and has remained in custody ever since after he was charged with assault causing harm.
Pidgeon appeared at the Circuit Court last Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to the offence.
He also has convictions for drugs offences and was a major target for gardai in the past because of his violent nature.
Although Osborne admitted he had been targeted, he refused to name his attacker in a statement.
Before Pidgeon’s conviction, he was part of a group terrorising the south inner city.
A local told us: “Pidgeon didn’t have too many friends in this area because he was nothing more than a bully.”