Battered and bruised and left for dead on his front doorstep - this is the face of Coleraine man Eddie Boyce, following an attack at his Drumard Drive home on Saturday night.
The 57-year-old has lived in the Heights area for over fifty years andsays that police need to step up patrols before someone is killed.
Speaking to The Times yesterday, just an hour after being discharged from hospital, Eddie admitted that had it not been for his neighbours hearing his moans, that he may have died.
“My neighbours heard me moaning, and came over to and found me lying on the ground covered in blood,“ said Eddie who lives alone.
He was knocked out during the attack, but claims that a ‘gang of around six males’ that attacked him shouted sectarian abuse.
His sister Sharon, who lives just doors away, described Eddie as ‘someone who keeps himself to himself’.
“He is a quiet man, he bothers no one,” she said.
Eddie had been on his way to Sharon’s home at around midnight when he was set upon.
“He didn’t even get as far as the front gate,” told Sharon.
“He is a very lucky man. He took a bad beating to his head, he could have been killed.”