A bodybuilder said he overpowered a thief who attacked him with a knife smeared with contaminated blood.
Damien Harrier described how drug addict Alan Brown – who has 666 tattooed on his neck – stabbed him after catching him breaking into his garage.
Serial criminal Brown, 38, had warned of hepatitis C and covered the weapon with his blood before launching the assault.
But Damien revealed how the terrifying incident triggered a fight-or-flight response, which ended in the thief needing possible plastic surgery.
The 26-year-old said: “I was making sure the house was closed before I went to bed when I heard a bang in my garage. I went to have a look and found this guy inside with a knife.
“He was very aggressive and told me he had hepatitis C and it was his blood on the blade. I asked him to calm down but he accused me.
“The fight or flight came in and I grabbed it. I just wanted to make sure the knife had stayed away from me. He ran away but my neighbor is old and was trying to jump over his fence. “
Damien, who broke powerlifting records, added: “I punched him a few times. I was trying to keep the knife away and keep it away from my neighbor’s house.
“I managed to disarm him and call the police. Eventually he calmed down and said he wanted to make sure he didn’t have blood on me. “
Former rugby player Damien recovered items that Brown had stolen during his criminal madness last month. The beam included WWI memorabilia and medals.
The personal trainer took a picture of Brown while the couple waited for the officers to arrive at his home in Perth.
He put the image on Facebook and various people identified the thief, who managed to escape. The police picked him up in minutes and took him to the hospital to treat a facial wound.
Brown, who wanted officers to accuse Damien of assault, was jailed for 18 months in the Dundee sheriff’s court after admitting he had a knife in an address on May 2. He also admitted breaking into two houses on the same street and stealing items including jewelry and a razor.
Defense attorney Linda Clark said that Brown had stolen from the garages on both properties and offered little resistance when he was captured.
He said: “He has had a drug problem for some time. On this occasion, he had taken the valium and does not remember much what happened. He had
a serious eye injury and was taken to Ninewells hospital and is being investigated for possible plastic surgery. “
Brown was dubbed the “lowest of the lows” when he committed a crime in a hospital, sports center, and veteran war museum in one afternoon in 2018.
Damien added: “I’m glad the case is over. It was a bad experience. “