An 84-year-old pensioner has spoken of the terrifying moments when he was viciously assaulted during a frenzied hammer attack at a petrol station in Co Down.
Bertie Campbell sustained a serious head injury after he was hit by a man who went on a rampage with two hammers at the Dewarts petrol station in Waringstown on Monday night.
The father of three had stopped at the Main Street station just before 8pm to pick up a loaf of bread when the attack happened.
"When I saw this was happening, I went to get into the car to get out again. But in that time he had my back window in," said Bertie, who needed several stitches for his injuries.
"I was sitting on the seat with my two feet out onto the ground. He hit me on the side of the eye.
"I was trying to get away but I didn't even get moving until he had the window broke.
"The clout was heavy."
Terrified staff at the petrol station quickly ran to Mr Campbell's aid and called an ambulance. He was then taken to Craigavon Area Hospital where he was treated for a head wound.
After spending the night in hospital, Bertie was allowed to return home yesterday afternoon.
"I was only out of hospital for a hernia operation," he told UTV last night.
Bertie's daughter, Emma McKinley, said her family was shocked by the attack.
"This was totally out of the blue. You don't expect these sorts of things to happen in Waringstown; it's quite a small village," she said.
It is understood the man was brandishing two hammers, smashing up cars and wrecking the garage shop before turning on the former bricklayer.
"Dad did notice that something was going on and tried to get out of the way," Mrs McKinley explained. "When he hit Dad, he apparently used the phrase 'this will do you good' or something like that. It just didn't make any sense. Dad didn't have words with him at all. He was quite shaken up by it. We all were. Now he is just glad to be home."
A PSNI spokesman said a man had been arrested.