Sickening moment ‘extremely violent’ thug launches horror attack on innocent man inside popular chip shop
- Published: 7:00, 23 Nov 2022
THIS is the sickening moment one of Dublin’s most violent criminals attacked an innocent man inside a chipper.
Our still shots taken from CCTV footage show Dean Reynolds attacking an innocent victim inside the Texas Fried Chicken takeaway on November 21, 2017, in Crumlin, Dublin.
Reynolds — whose associates were previously involved in a feud with pals of Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley — targeted the customer just seconds after he had signed bail at Sundrive Road Garda Station.
In our first image, we show the hood, 30, standing beside his victim. In the next shot, he is seen pulling the man to the ground.
And in the following image, he’s captured punching the man, which he does repeatedly as well as jumping on his victim’s head.
Dublin Circuit Court earlier this month heard how Reynolds had been accompanied by an infant.
Although the assault victim did not make a complaint to Gardai, the case continued because of the gravity of the CCTV footage.
But the people of Crumlin are a lot safer now after he was caged for two years for the assault on the man. One source said: “Reynolds is an extremely violent individual and it’s great to have someone like him off the streets.
“He has been threatening and attacking innocent people for years.
“There are a lot of people who are afraid of him because he’s so violent. This case shows that people can still be prosecuted without cooperation from victims.”
The investigation into the assault was run by Det Garda Jason O’Carroll under the command of Supt Frank Ferry from Sundrive Road Garda Station.
Before the callous assault, Reynolds was classified by Gardai in the top three violent criminals operating in the area.
We can also reveal that a year before the attack, in 2016, he threatened a member of the Armed Support Unit with a hammer.
On that occasion, there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute him.
Dublin Circuit Court heard how Reynolds had 34 previous convictions, including drug dealing, assault, criminal damage and possession of firearms.
The thug’s legal representative told the court that his client was “very ashamed” of the attack.
The criminal also addressed the court and said: “There is no excuse for my actions. I couldn’t watch the CCTV footage. I have brought shame on my partner, family, kids.”
Judge Melanie Greally said the incident was “an unprovoked and motiveless attack”. She sentenced Reynolds to three years in jail, with the final 12 months suspended.