This is the moment when a man became contender for Ireland’s dumbest criminal as he knocked himself out with a brick while trying to smash a car window.
The ‘thick with a brick’ was found lying in a pool of his own blood by the car’s owner after it rebounced off the window and smashed into his own face.
“When I saw him, he was lying there stone cold on the ground and his face was in ribbons,” said Gerry Brady, owner of the Pheasant pub in Drogheda.
“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.”
Approaching the man, Gerry told Independent.ie that after a few moments of trying to help, things took a bizarre twist when the would-be robber tried to blackmail the pub owner.
“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,” the man told Gerry.
Backing off slightly, Gerry said he and his partner headed to a nearby petrol station to put some distance between themselves and the man while they called the police.
“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.”
“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.”
In the CCTV footage from the Pheasant pub, the man can be seen clearly trying to get into Gerry's car. At first he throws a small stone at the windscreen without success.
Then he tries again and still nothing. It is then he walks down a lane at the side of the pub before returning with the concrete block.
Taking a run-up, the man tosses the brick at the windscreen but, unfortunately for him, it rebounds and smashes him in the face, lifting him up off his feet and laying him flat out.
A spokesperson for the Garda confirmed to independent.ie the incident was under investigation.