A CONVICTED killer suffered a broken leg after being mown down in a suspected hit-and-run.
Robert Flanagan, who served seven years of a life sentence for the May 2004 manslaughter of Richard Caldwell, was recorded lying next to a busy Belfast road after being struck by a car.
Video footage of the aftermath of the smash shows a man kicking the 40-year-old on the Antrim Road, then leaning over him and screaming: "You'll not hit nobody, will ye?"
A woman can also be seen holding what appears to be a metal bar.
Locals told Sunday Life that Flanagan, who is from the nearby New Lodge district, had earlier threatened the man in the clip
"Robbie Flanagan started the row with the other fella - he's a lunatic," said one resident.
"There was talk that he had a knife, which is very frightening seeing as how he was in jail for stabbing an innocent man to death."
The PSNI said a man in his 40s was knocked down after a grey BMW mounted the pavement on the Antrim Road near the junction with the Cliftonville Road at around 10.30pm on July 17.
A 40-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were arrested after the incident before being released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Sources said a broken leg was the least of Flanagan's worries because he is now sweating over the possibility of being returned to prison.
Because he was freed on a life licence for the manslaughter of Richard Caldwell, he can be thrown back behind bars at any time.
The Probation Board only has to suspect that he has become re-involved with crime to order a recall.
That would please New Lodge residents who say they worry about Flanagan flipping out at a moment's notice.
That was exactly how he behaved in May 2004 when he stabbed Richard Caldwell eight times, inflicting horrific wounds to his lungs and liver.
The popular west Belfast man was in a relationship with Flanagan's younger sister Jennifer.
On the night of his death he had been involved in a row with her and left a house in the New Lodge to return home.
He was pursued by another brother, Eamon Flanagan (37), who attacked him and was later jailed for three years for affray.
Unable to get the better of Richard, the thug rang his older brother Robert, who arrived at the scene then calmly and without warning stabbed his victim.
The killer then went on the run for a week, hiding in the Loughshore area on the outskirts of north Belfast before handing himself into police.
Before Robert Flanagan was sentenced to life with a minimum six years in prison in 2006, it emerged that he was a paranoid schizophrenic.
It was this medical diagnosis which convinced Mr Justice Weir to impose a reduced jail term.
Prior to his release from Maghaberry Prison, Flanagan studied Shakespeare and acted in a short film recorded behind bars that was released on DVD.
In an accompanying documentary about its production, the killer joked: "When I phoned home and said I was doing Shakespeare, they said, 'You, doing Shakespeare?'
"I said, 'Yes, I'm doing Shakespeare and I'm enjoying it and I'm going to stick with it'."
Flanagan's appearance in the film shocked the parents of Richard Caldwell, who he stabbed eight times.
Richard Snr and Collette Caldwell said: "It's disgraceful that our son's killer was allowed to act in this film."