Scots knife killer who boasted ‘prison is a doddle’ dies behind bars

A thug who boasted his prison sentence was a “doddle” after stabbing a man to death hours after being released from custody has died behind bars.

Brendan Reilly killed David Wilson in a street brawl in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, in 2005 – the same day he was freed from borstal after serving time for possessing a knife.

Now he has died aged 34 while still serving his life sentence at HMP Kilmarnock, having never been freed over the killing.

David Wilson died after being stabbed by Reilly in the street brawl

In letters sent to a pen pal shortly after he was jailed for a minimum of 15-years, the smirking brute bragged he could do his time “no bother” and dismissed his victim’s death as “tough luck”.

One note, reported at the time by our sister paper the Sunday Mail, read: “There is nothing I can say apart from he deserved it. If I could do it all again I would, no bother.

“I thought I would have got 20 years but 15 was a result.

“I need to do the full 15 before I can apply for parole but if I win my appeal I could get it dropped to 10, maybe, so here’s hoping.

“But its a pure doddle in here, that’s how I said, ‘fifteen years – no bother.”

Reilly was 19 when he stabbed Wilson, 20, to death during a clash in the street following a long-running feud in the area.

The attack came just hours after he was released from Polmont Young Offenders Institute, near Falkirk, where he had only served half of a four-month term.

On the night of the attack, July 2, 2005, Reilly had been walking in Port Glasgow with his girlfriend when he met his victim.

During the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, the jury heard that there were two rival gangs in Port Glasgow called the Young Port Crew and the Young Oronsay Team.

The victim was believed to have been a member of the latter.

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Following an altercation, Reilly stabbed him three times in the back, puncturing his lung.

The killer claimed he had acted in self-defence and had been carrying the knife for his own protection.

He told the court: “I thought it was going to be a fight and I was going to be stabbed.

“It was all frenzied. It was all over in 15 to 20 seconds.

“I took my knife out and stabbed him.”

Sentencing Reilly, Lord Carloway told him: “It will be up to the parole board to decide in due course whether you should ever be released, given the danger you pose to the public.

“From your demeanour during the trial, I am not convinced you have any feelings of remorse about taking the life of another human being.”

The Record understands Reilly should have been due up for parole at the end of last year but still hadn’t been moved to open conditions so was understood to be some time away from liberty.

His death is not understood to be suspicious.

The Scottish Prison Service confirmed Reilly died on June 11.

A spokesman said: “Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal. A Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held in due course.”

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