The south Belfast man who was viciously attacked by would-be thieves outside his home on Christmas morning has spoken about how he was threatened with a gun during the ordeal.
The father-of-two, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, was repeatedly hit in the face and head as he tried to stop two armed youths from stealing the family car shortly after 6am on Monday.
It is understood one of the youths was carrying a gun and threatened to use it against the middle-aged man when he confronted them.
"One of them yelled 'just shoot him' to the other," he explained.
"All I could see was this shiny black thing.
"The whole incident felt like it went for ages but it was only about 10 minutes.
"I am still quite shaken by it all."
The man explained he had only gone outside to investigate a noise which had woken him.
The thugs had broken a window in the house and stolen the car keys and were about the steal the car when they were disturbed.
It was not until the police arrived that the youths took off and got in to a black car which is believed to be bearing a white-coloured illuminated taxi sign.
One of the youths has been described as being aged in his late teens to early 20s, 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with shaved hair and was wearing a grey hooded top.
The second man is also believed to be in his late teens to early 20s, about 5ft 11ins tall and was also wearing a grey top.
Despite the ordeal, the father-of-two said the family still managed to have a good Christmas.
"My daughter, who lives in England now, had come home and we had lots of family coming so we just got on with it.
"Obviously it took the shine off things but we still managed to have a good Christmas."
Anyone that may have any information regarding the incident is asked to contact police.