Elderly victim of ‘vicious and cowardly’ attack by masked men at his West Sligo home now on life support

He was removed to University Hospital Sligo with ‘serious’ injuries to his head and body

Sligo News File

Gardai in Sligo have condemned the attack on an elderly man at Skreen as “vicious and cowardly.”

Tom Niland, 73, a bachelor was severely beaten when three masked men entered his home where he lives alone at Doonfin, close to the N59, on January 18th.
A small sum of money was taken.

He was removed to University Hospital, Sligo, with injuries to his head and body described by gardai as serious. It’s understood that his condition has since deteriorated and he is now on life support.

Gardaí set up checkpoints and house-to-house inquiries were carried out following the attack.  The scene of the crime has been examined by the Garda Technical Bureau and CCTV footage inspected.

A garda liaison officer has been appointed to the victim’s family while the incident is being investigated.