‘Vulnerable’ man savagely beaten with gas cylinder in his home by burglars was discovered 10 hours later with horrific injuries
6th December 2021
A “vulnerable” 57-year-old man is still receiving medical treatment after he was the victim of a horrific aggravated burglary in which he was savagely beaten all over his body with a gas cylinder in his home.
The victim was targeted when two masked intruders raided his home in the Old Golf Links Road area of Kilkenny city at around 9.30pm on Sunday, November 21.
The burglars knocked on the door of the house before storming it and demanding cash and jewellery.
Senior sources say that gardaí are mystified over why the man, who lives on his own, was targeted as he does not have access to either of these items.
While making the demands, the gang used a large empty cylinder of gas to beat the man who suffered multiple serious injuries to his body in an ordeal which lasted for around an hour in the sitting room of his home.
The two criminals who spoke with local accents searched the property before escaping with the victim’s mobile phone and drove off in his red van.
This van was later discovered by gardaí on the outskirts of Kilkenny city and has been the subject of a full forensic examination.
After the raiders fled his home, the badly injured and traumatised victim made his way into a bedroom of his property where he remained for up to 10 hours before he was discovered the following morning by a nurse who called to the house.
“As his phone had been stolen, he had no means of contacting anyone for help, his van had been stolen and he was too badly hurt to leave the house,” a senior source pointed out.
Emergency services were notified and he was rushed to University Hospital Waterford where he required surgery on his injuries and was later transferred to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny when his condition stabilised.
However, the victim is still receiving medical treatment and may never return to live in his home, sources say.
“This man is a vulnerable person was living alone and gardaí have no idea why he was targeted – he was very badly assaulted and suffered numerous injuries,” a senior source said.
“Gardaí believe that this crime was carried out by local criminals for a number of reasons including the description of their accents and the fact that they did not seem to have their own weapons with them.”
“Instead they used a gas cylinder which was owned by the victim to beat him with in their unsuccessful attempt to get cash or jewellery which was not even in the house,” the source added.
There have been no arrests made in the case which is being investigated by Kilkenny gardaí who previously made an appeal for information in relation to it.
They appealed for anyone who was driving in the vicinity of Golf Links Road, Ring Road and Johnswell Road in Kilkenny between 7pm and midnight on the night of Sunday, November 21, to contact them.
“Thankfully burglaries that are this savage are relatively rare at the moment especially compared to a few years ago,” the senior source pointed out.
In fact according to exclusive figures obtained by Independent.ie, there were a total of 169 burglaries including aggravated, residential and commercial burglaries in the Carlow/Kilkenny division this year up to the end of November which is a 15pc decrease compared to the same period last year when there were 199 at that stage of 2020.