THESE are the horrific injuries inflicted on a pensioner who was robbed at gunpoint in his own home.
Bobby Armstrong (66) has revealed how he "feared for his life" after two callous thugs broke into his home in Dromiskin, Co Louth, on the night of March 14.
The retired fisherman was held at gunpoint with his own legally-held shotgun during a horrific attack which happened just after 8.30pm.
Mr Armstrong was left with serious facial injuries after he was punched and slapped.
The terrified pensioner revealed that he was given a "good going over" by the thieves -- who left with a substantial sum of money and one of his two shotguns.
"They pushed in the door, knocked me against the radiator and were shouting at each other to get plastic cuffs on my wrists. I kept struggling and they sat on me while I struggled for about 10 or 15 minutes," he said. "They didn't get the other [shotgun] because I have been keeping it under the bed for the past two years since the house was broken into before," he added.
The brave widower, having suffered serious facial injuries, leapt to his feet and chased the thieves, who he said had Dundalk accents. However, they managed to escape.
He admitted that since the incident, he has spent time away from his home with his four children in Donegal.
"They are all worried about me but I am independent. I want to live in my own home," Mr Armstrong said.
Supt Ray Brennan, of Ardee Garda Station, has appealed for anyone who was in the Church View area of Dromiskin on March 14 to contact them.
The ordeal happened just days before it was announced that burglary rates across the country are up by 8pc.
Gardai investigated 27,439 burglaries and related offences last year -- a rise of more than 2,000 incidents from 2010.
And the Central Statistics Office revealed that there was a 24pc increase in burglars committing a crime while in possession of a weapon.