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Thugs drive over shop worker's legs in theft


Assaulted: Radu Budhai

Assaulted: Radu Budhai

Assaulted: Radu Budhai

A SHOPKEEPER was driven over with a car after being brutally assaulted by a criminal gang who had him under surveillance in an attempt to rob the takings from his shop.

The bizarre incident unfolded at King's Avenue in Ballybough on Saturday night when Radu Budhai was followed by two criminals after closing up his Romanian shop on Bolton Street in Dublin city centre at 10pm.


Budhai, who was handed down a four-year suspended jail sentence for handling stolen property at Dublin Circuit Court in 2010, did not comment about his ordeal when approached by the Herald yesterday after his release from hospital.

However, we can reveal that the drama unfolded when he drove his Audi car from his place of work to Ballybough but then observed he was being followed by a Renault car with two male occupants.

The Renault boxed him in at King's Avenue and the two men jumped out and claimed to be gardai.

Budhai got out of his car and was then savagely attacked by the men, who punched him in the head and body and demanded cash.

Sources revealed that he ended up on the ground and the thugs drove over his leg with their car.

The suspects are described as Irish and aged in their 20s. No money was taken in the incident.

Sources said that the attempted robbery is not linked to Budhai's court appearance at Dublin Circuit Court in October, 2012.