A would-be car thief was found in a pool of his own blood when he tried to steal a car by throwing a brick at the window, only for it to boomerang back and strike him hard in the face.
The owner of the Pheasant pub in Drogheda, Gerry Brady, who found the man next to his car told reporters,
“When I saw him, he was lying there stone cold on the ground and his face was in ribbons. My first thought was that ‘this guy is after getting the **** knocked out of him’, while my girlfriend said it must have been a hit and run.”
After trying to assist the man, whom Brady was sure had been beaten up, the incident took a twist when the man tried to blackmail the pub owner.
According to Brady, “He pulled himself up and said he wanted €50 for a taxi. I said ‘Not a chance, I’ve to pay for a new window mate,’ that’s when he leaned in and told me he’d burn me out of the pub. I see you, I know you. I’ll burn you out. I’ll tell the gardas you beat me up. I’ll go to my solicitor,” he said.
At that point Brady and his partner left the scene and went to a nearby gas station to call the police.
As Brady told reporters, “When the Gardaí picked him up, he started claiming that I attacked him. He was still telling them that in the station when I came in with the footage of him getting knocked out by his own brick.”
For the police, the CCTV footage was priceless and they reportedly had a good laugh about it, “You should have heard the garda laughing when they saw the video. They were in stitches. Credit to them, they were straight out when we called and found the guy within minutes,” Brady said.
The police have confirmed that a full investigation into the incident is currently underway.