A MEMBER of the King Ratt gang under threat from 'Fat' Freddie's mob has been involved in a pub knife attack that left a barman and four customers with stab wounds.
Gerard Eglington (24) -- who is under a death threat from 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's gang -- launched the stabbing frenzy in a pub in Portarlington, Co Laois.
Sources say that Eglington -- a member of the so-called 'King Ratt' gang faction which is at war with 'Fat' Freddie's crew -- "went mental" after getting into a bitter argument when he was in the pub.
The victims of the assault are all from the Co Laois town and sources say that so far, none of them has made a complaint or given a statement to gardai about the attack, which left them with minor injuries.
"We have no doubt that the victims in this case know the pedigree of the young man who attacked them and they also know that involving the gardai in this matter could lead to more trouble for them," a source said.
The south inner city criminal has been staying with his girlfriend in Portarlington in a bid to keep away from 'Fat' Freddie's crew, who have vowed to murder him.
Local gardai and specialised units have mounted a number of operations to protect the volatile gangster who is well known for his reckless behaviour.
Eglington was present in an incident in which 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's brother suffered a broken leg and his wife was stabbed in the face in a south city pub in March.
He was arrested in relation to this assault by heavily armed gardai but was later released without charge.
The savage attack on Freddie's brother Ritchie (40) and his wife Catherine, at the Karma Stone pub, in Camden Street, has still not been avenged, but sources are in no doubt that the criminal responsible for the assault is "a dead man walking".
Eglington is also suspected of throwing a pipe bomb into the garden of Thompson's family home in the south inner city earlier this summer.
Sources say that it is "bad news" for him that Thompson is now back in Ireland after spending most of the year in England.
The Herald has learnt that 'Fat' Freddie was spotted having a few daytime pints in a Crumlin pub earlier this week with some of his closest associates.
The Portarlington-based hood has a severe drugs problem and has multiple previous convictions for drug, driving and assault offences.
He was recently publicly assaulted by a rival gangster.
As a teenager, Eglinton was involved in a shocking incident which resulted in the death of two gardai.
Gardai consider him to be one of the most senior members of the now disorganised mob which is loyal to the jailed gang boss nicknamed 'King Ratt'.