A HOUSEMATE of a man left critically injured after being attacked in his home by hammer-wielding thugs has told how he left for work only five minutes before the brutal assault began.
Clarito Marayan (52) is in a critical condition in Tallaght Hospital, where he works as a cleaner.
He was at home in a nearby estate just before 7am on Monday when he and a Filipino housemate were attacked by a gang who broke into their house.
The other man was assaulted, but managed to escape and raise the alarm by leaping from an upstairs window.
He was too upset last night to talk about his ordeal.
Mr Marayan had tried to fight off the raiders but was viciously beaten, suffering a fractured skull.
Gardai remained at the sealed-off house in Tallaght's Knockmore estate last night, with officers conducting door-to-door inquiries in the area.
Another housemate, Edwin Bataller, last night spoke of how he and his wife, Crispina, had left for work only minutes before the raiders struck, and how it is unlikely they will return to live there.
He said Mr Marayan underwent emergency surgery yesterday morning and remains on a life-support machine.
Mr Ballater told the Irish Independent that he had visited his friend in hospital and said: "The first time I saw him I just cried."
He said he gave Mr Marayan's wife, Elaine, and two daughters an update, saying: "They were crying and asking me what happened and will he survive or not?
"I told them it's too early to say, that the doctors said we'd know in three days."
He said Mr Marayan – who has not been back to the Philippines in four years – supports his two daughters' college education by sending money home.
According to Mr Bataller, the family cannot afford to fly to Ireland to be at his side.
He spoke of his relief that his own wife had not been home when the attack occurred, saying: "She was very lucky, normally she'd leave at eight or nine."
He said they were now planning to move out of the house.
"My wife is not very comfortable about going back there," he said.
Mr Bataller added that he did not know why the house was targeted, but speculated that the raiders were looking for cash.
"The only idea I have is that they must have been looking for money," he said.
A garda spokesman last night said that no arrests had yet been made in the case and that the investigation is on-going.