Wednesday 7 December 2016

Firebombed pensioner (87) vows to return home

Published 15/12/2010 | 05:00

A PENSIONER who cheated death after her house was fire-bombed says she will not be driven out of it by criminals.

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May O'Gorman (87), was saved when Garda John Sullivan and Reserve Garda Peter Clifford managed to kick down the door of her blazing Blarney Street home in Cork and drag her to safety.

May had suffered smoke inhalation and was hospitalised alongside the two heroic gardai who saved her life last Monday.

Now, May's son, James, revealed that the brave pensioner is determined to return home -- and is adamant she will do so once the fire damage to her house is fully repaired.

She is being treated in a Cork hospital, but is expected to be discharged within the next 48 hours.

Gardai are now appealing for information to help trace the arsonist amid speculation that the pensioner was not the intended target. Gardai suspect that the attack involved a case of either mistaken identity, or the arsonist targeting the wrong house.

May has lived in her home for half a century -- and told her family from her hospital bedside that she will not be driven out of it by criminals.

James said his mother will now stay with his sister over Christmas.

The property at Murrough Lane, off Blarney Street, was badly damaged when a flammable liquid was apparently poured through the letter box and then deliberately ignited.

Both gardai involved in the rescue are now expected to be recommended for bravery awards.

Detectives have appealed to anyone who was in the Murrough Lane/Blarney Street area between 2am and 5am last Monday to contact them.

Irish Independent

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