Homeless man discharged from hospital after being set alight while asleep in Coventry - The Coventry Observer

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Homeless man discharged from hospital after being set alight while asleep in Coventry

Editorial Correspondent 5th Feb, 2019 Updated: 5th Feb, 2019

A HOMELESS man has been discharged from hospital after being treated for severe third-degree burns – more than a week after a passing stranger set him alight while he slept in Coventry.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson told us on Tuesday he had finally been released, adding: “Enquiries remain on going.”

The ‘disgusting’ attack at the Swanswell Park and Pool on Stoney Stanton Road, city centre, which we reported on last week’s front page, has drawn condemnation from across the city.

A fundraiser to support the victim in his recovery is now nearing its £1,000 target – on £951.

Police say the victim awoke due to his burns to see a man not known to him inflicting the damage – while another watched on.

The man had set his victim on fire after pouring lighter fluid on his hands, the police added.

On her GoFundMe page, Abbie Davies, a support worker at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, wrote: “I know some of the people of Coventry would love to help him in his recovery and show him that not everyone is evil and that people can be kind.

“I’m sure his faith in humanity is really low right now. This has really affected me and made me angry!”

If you have information contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote crime reference 20CV/22158U/19.

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