Cllr Tom Ekin stated: “This incident was absolutely despicable and I am extremely saddened by the new that the man who was attacked on Saturday, died in hospital last night. My thoughts are with the family of the victim at this most difficult of times.
“There has been an disturbing spate of attacks in this area in recent months, and such acts must be stopped immediately.
“We must prevent these incidents by examining the cause of such attacks. Were the thugs who committed these attacks under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time?
“There appears to be a common thread running through these incidents and every effort must be made to explore ways of stopping this horrific violence in this area.
“I appeal to anyone with information on this attack to contact police immediately to ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”