Caught on camera, brutal armed robber Brockwell minutes before his arrest
CCTV images showing notorious criminal Derek Brockwell involved in a suspected armed robbery just minutes before his dramatic arrest on Wednesday emerged yesterday.
Brockwell remained under armed guard in a Belfast hospital last night. He was being treated for self-inflicted stab wounds to his stomach and lung.
The 53-year-old Scotsman, who stabbed two prison officers after escaping from Tallaght Hospital on Tuesday, is expected to remain in the care of doctors for at least another 24 hours.
When Brockwell is deemed well enough, he is expected to appear before a court in Belfast where he will be charged in relation to at least two armed robberies he is alleged to have carried out before the PSNI tasered and arrested him outside a pub.
It is understood that these charges will be dealt with first before a decision is made to relocate Brockwell to either the Republic or England to serve sentences for the offences he is wanted for in both jurisdictions.
Sources said the main focus of the garda investigation into Tuesday's events at Tallaght Hospital is identifying Brockwell's accomplice.
"Gardai do not know his identity, so no searches have been carried out yet," a source in Dublin said.
"CCTV is being looked at both here and in Belfast and it is still not known when he crossed the border."
Meanwhile, staff at a pharmacy Brockwell is suspected of robbing at knifepoint an hour before his arrest have described their ordeal.
The thug is suspected of holding up the Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road at around 6pm on Wednesday.
Brockwell, who was arrested at a pub around 200 yards away later in the evening, will be questioned about this crime and an earlier attempted armed robbery at another shop when he leaves hospital.
Cliff McElhinney, who works at the pharmacy, said the individual who threatened staff had been in the shop five hours earlier to seek treatment for a hand wound.
"He presented with a wound on his hand, so we sorted him out with dressings and stuff and he had gone on his way," he said.
"He came back into the shop at 6pm. Different staff were on duty at that stage. He had picked up a product just off the shelf and had come down to the counter to pay for it.
"As the member of staff took that from him and went to ring it through the till he produced a knife.
"He held the second member of staff and put the knife to his back, having shown everyone he had a knife and intent.
"He then asked the pharmacist to give him the takings from the till."
Brockwell allegedly made off with about £60 (€81).
"No one was physically injured, but obviously the two members of staff directly involved, plus the other members of staff who were in the shop and aware of what was going on, were visibly shaken," said Mr McElhinney.
"The staff followed procedure to the letter. They remained calm and dealt with the situation as they should have done."
Brockwell stabbed prison officers Dan Buckley and Graham Flynn, who are both understood to be making a good recovery from their injuries.
He then ran out of Tallaght Hospital and was driven away on a motorbike by an accomplice.
Last night, sources revealed that "it is very likely" that Brockwell's accomplice is a UK criminal rather than any Irish gangster he has met in jail.
It is believed that his ultimate plan may have been to get back to Scotland through Northern Ireland.