Gardaí have issued an appeal for witnesses who may have been in the Dunard area in the early hours on Monday morning, when a 23-year-old father-of-three was dragged from his bed and savagely beaten, before being doused with petrol and set alight.
The attack, one of a string of violent incidents in the city in recent days, has shocked residents and Gardaí are appealing to the public for their assistance.
“Gardaí in Mayfield are appealing to any persons who were in the area of Dunard from 3a.m. to 4.30a.m. [Monday] morning and in particular to any road users who may have dash cam footage or any persons who may have CCTV of the surrounding areas to contact them,” a spokesperson said.
Members of the public can contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021 - 4558510, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
The victim of the attack remains in a very serious condition at Cork University Hospital and Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.
Residents of the estate where the attack took place say they are afraid to let their children outside.
North East councillor, Ted Tynan, said the incident reiterated the need for community policing in the area.
“Before gardaí walked around in pairs,” he said. “When kids saw there was a uniformed presence in the area they knew there were consequences to their actions.
"That same system collapsed and now Garda resources are at rock bottom."