Mayfield attack latest: Neighbours plan fundraiser to help with medical bills for man beaten and set on fire

Mayfield attack latest: Neighbours plan fundraiser to help with medical bills for man beaten and set on fire
Garda Forensic experts at the scene in Dunard, Mayfield, Cork. Photo Irish Examiner

NEIGHBOURS of the man who remains in an induced coma after being doused in petrol and set alight are hoping to club together to help with his hospital bills and family's expenses.

The attack saw 23-year-old father-of-three, Keith Greaney, dragged from his bed and savagely beaten, before being doused with petrol and set alight yesterday morning.

Karen Collins, who lives in Dunard Estate in Mayfield, and has been friends with the family for years, said they are currently trying to make contact with his family to identify the most appropriate way to fundraise. 

She said that Keith's life has been steeped in tragedy since losing his brother, mother and father while still just a teenager.

Garda Forensic experts at the scene in Dunard, Mayfield, Cork.
Garda Forensic experts at the scene in Dunard, Mayfield, Cork.

"The trauma he has suffered over the last few years has been outrageous," she said. 

"There have been so many tragedies but we'd like the family to know that the community will be here to rally around them. 

"No family should have to go through something like this."

She hopes the horrific incident will bring the community together and added: "A lot of communities can break down after something like this but we hope it can bring us together. 

"As communities, we need to take a stand. 

"I'm sure Keith's family will have a lot of costs having to travel to hospital to see him so we're hoping to set something up as soon as we can."

Meanwhile, a Garda spokesperson said that there have been no arrests made to date.

"The man remains in a serious condition in Cork University Hospital," they said. 

"The scene is no longer preserved following a technical examination. 

"Gardaí are continuing to carry out door to door enquiries and gather CCTV. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing."

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