29 year-old Robert Fisher of 27, Ivy Mead Mews in Derry appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court today.
He admitted a charge of assaulting Jimmy Carr on May 6 this year. but when a charge of making a threat to kill the former SDLP councillor was put to him he denied it.
No details of the charges were given in court and the case was adjourned until August 11.
The assault occurred when Mr. Carr then a sitting SDLP councillor was canvassing in the Carnhill area of Derry during the recent local government elections along with his mother.
Mr. Carr subsequently resigned from the council.