Sunday 25 September 2016

Face of man who suffered burns after being trapped under getaway car following botched robbery bid

Published 08/12/2015 | 02:30

The scene yesterday (inset Mervyn Heffernan)
The scene yesterday (inset Mervyn Heffernan)

This is the delivery worker who was run over by a man fleeing an attempted theft suffered serious burns after becoming trapped under the getaway car.

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A garda hunt was launched in north Dublin yesterday after the suspect fled the scene of the botched robbery on foot, leaving his victim trapped under the car while being scorched by the exhaust pipe. The incident happened just before 11am yesterday at Kilshane Cross which is located between Finglas and Dublin Airport.

Sources say a van was making a delivery to a bathroom fitting company when a man approached in a car and attempted to take tools from the vehicle while the driver and his co-worker were away from it.

But they raised the alarm after seeing him. The suspect is understood to have got back into his car and drove away at speed in a panic.

In his haste, however, he knocked over one of the crew, 47-year-old Mervyn Heffernan, from Enfield, Co Meath, trapping him under the car. A group of nearby men ran to the victim's aid, lifting the car onto its side to free the worker.

Mr Heffernan is being treated today in the high dependency ward of Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Gardai work on a car at the scene of the hit and run
Gardai work on a car at the scene of the hit and run

He is a keen cyclist and sportsman, and it is said his fitness levels will be crucial in his future recovery.

His family said he was in a stable condition in hospital but declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, the suspect ran into some nearby fields and the Garda Air Support Unit was deployed to try to find him aided by the Dog Unit.

The injured man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries including burns and trauma to his body.

The suspect is described as being in his mid-20s, unshaven, and wearing a dark hoodie and baseball cap.

It is unclear if the robbery was planned or an opportunistic crime.

Irish Independent

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