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Heart attack OAP Chris Pollock recovering after robbery

By Nevin Farrell

Published 16/08/2016

Victim: farmer Chris Pollock
Victim: farmer Chris Pollock
Victim: Ruth Pollock

A pensioner so badly beaten in a terrifying robbery at his Co Antrim farmhouse that the stress caused him to suffer a heart attack is out of hospital - after having two stents inserted.

Chris Pollock (78) was viciously attacked by two masked men when he bravely tried to fight back after they targeted his Lisnagat Road home near Mosside.

Yesterday his wife Ruth Pollock confirmed her husband is out of hospital and had gone out for a walk on the farm to check his cattle.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: “He got two stents in and is home and was over at Dervock this morning to get an injection. He is still very badly upset.” She said she was trying to cheer him up after everything he had been through.

Last week she told how her husband had been moved from the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine to Altnagelvin in Londonderry to get the stents inserted.

A stent helps keep heart arteries open to reduce the chances of a heart attack.

Mrs Pollock also suffered bad bruising to her arms where she had been tied up during the 1am ordeal on August 8.

The couple were frog-marched to the living room where they were tied up as the robbers demanded to know where they kept their money.

The house was ransacked and the heartless raiders, who claimed to be from the IRA, even threatened to burn a Bible belonging to the couple who are regular Gospel Hall attendees.

Mrs Pollock was released from hospital on Monday, August 8 and praised the actions of neighbours who had rallied round and had been helping out on the farm while her husband was in hospital.

Speaking last week, she added: “I couldn’t ask for better neighbours, I have been heartened by the response.” Mr and Mrs Pollock attend Gospel Halls in Ballintoy and Ballycastle and Mrs Pollock had said her faith was helping her get through.

“It must have been the hand of God, but I was able to free myself and I tried to cut a belt which they had tied Chris’ arm with,” she said at the time.

“I had serious bother getting that cut off his wrists. His wrists are swollen and I suppose that is what give him the heart attack. I suppose it was the shock.”

The burglary has been widely condemned, with North Antrim Assemblyman Robin Swann also calling on Stormont Justice Minister Claire Sugden to classify attacks on the elderly as hate crimes and to radically increase the punishments for those found guilty of assaulting older people.

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