Sometimes when one goes through a scary or traumatic situation, it stays with them. Memories of an unfortunate situation can often bring us down, but 100-year-old Pat Gillespie will not live that way. As he explained to BBC News:
“I’m not going to let it get me down.”
Gillespie was home in Strabane, watching television around 4:30 p.m. on October 27, when the burglars forced themselves into his home.
“All of a sudden three fairly big, hefty men came buzzing past me,” he told BBC News.
While two men ran past Gillespie, one man stood behind him to make sure he did not move.
It was “very very frightening” for Gillespie.
“Two flew by me and went through the kitchen while the other stood behind me and put his full weight on my shoulders so I couldn’t move.”
Mr Gillespie said the man who was holding him “turned my head very roughly towards the television” while the other men made his home a mess.
After wrecking his home, the two burglars came back and took £500 in cash from Gillespie’s pockets.
“They practically lifted me up by the trousers, off the ground,” he said.
The tree masked men went further and removed Gillespie’s personal alarm before leaving. The robbery made Gillespie feel “powerless” and also disgusted, as he referred to the three men as “absolute scum.”
But a burglary will not scare Gillespie away.
In the aftermath, a man remarked to Gillespie that he will remember this until the day he dies.
“Well, I would like to disagree with him. I would like to get rid of that memory as quick as I possibly could,” he said. He wouldn’t let the burglars scare him into moving, nor scare him into locking himself up at home.
The father of eight will continue to go about his daily routine.
“I’m still riding about on a bicycle,” he told BBC News in an interview. “As soon as I’m finished talking to you, I’m going out on my bicycle and that’s it.”