EXCLUSIVE: CCTV footage of Finglas hammer raid
A MANHUNT was last night underway for two thugs seen fleeing a botched shop robbery in which an innocent newsagent had his skull fractured with a hammer.
CCTV images obtained by the Sunday World recorded the moment the pair entered Tansey’s Newsagents on Fitzmaurice Road in Finglas at 8.15am
One of the cowardly pair, whose faces were covered, can be seen carrying a hammer while the other is carrying a bag,
Once inside, the pair are understood to have threatened hard-working shop owner Kevin Tansey with a hammer before one of the pair struck the 44-year-old in the head, inflicting serious head injuries.
A short time later the CCTV shows the pair running from the shop with a male carrying a bat in pursuit.
According to Gardaí, highly respected newsagent Kevin Tansey sustained suspected skull fractures. After being chased from the shop the thugs fled the scene in what is believed to be a white saloon type car. The car is believed to have fled in the direction of Glasilawn Road.
Nothing was stolen in the incident.
In the wake of the attack, Mr Tansey was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where Gardaí last night described his condition as critical.
Speaking yesterday, TD Dessie Ellis called the attack an “appalling act perpetrated on a hard-working member of the local business community”.
“I have been in the shop many times and would know of Kevin as a hardworking and decent shop-owner.
“It is absolutely appalling that this could happen to any member of the business community as they are going about their business.”
Mr Ellis said he has been raising concerns with local gardaí about an increase in drug related crime in the Ballygall area that has been fuelling an increase in burglaries and robberies in recent times.
“There have been a huge number of cars broken into in the area and I have told everyone I can that we need to get more gardaí on the ground down there.
“There are people openly involved in the dealing of crack cocaine in the Ballygall area and that has knock-on effects in terms of an increase in this type of crime.”
Gardaí are now appealing for anyone who was in the area between 8am and 8.20am, or has any information, to contact them at the incident room in Finglas on 01-6667500, or the Garda confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda station.