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An Australian man who was attacked by his drug dealer wielding a crossbow escaped with his life only because his mobile phone took the full force of the bolt, the Herald Sun reports.

Michael Brown, 33, came out of the December 2002 assault by dope dealer Robert Troy Scanlon virtually unscathed after his selfless cellphone's intervention. Brown had previously bought marijuana from Scanlon on various occasions and the latter became suspicious, threatening to kill his customer if he turned out to be a police nark.

A court heard how Scanlon bought a crossbow from an archery outlet in Ipswich, Brisbane, before luring Brown to the intended killing ground in bushland outside the town. Once Brown had been shot in the mobe, he wisely legged it with nothing more than an injured finger.

Scanlon was jailed for 12 years today after being convicted of attempted murder and possession of narcotics. The make of the heroic mobile phone is not noted. ®

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