A PENSIONER was left fighting for his life after a savage knife attack in his home.
Desmond Garland (77) was stabbed in the neck and chest after being set upon at his flat in Coolock, Dublin.
He was being treated for severe injuries at Beaumont Hospital and remains in a critical condition.
It is understood that he was stabbed in the neck and chest during the assault at around 10pm on Saturday night.
Gardai are understood to be following a definite line of inquiry but have yet to determine a motive for the attack.
The alarm was raised when a woman arrived at a local pub and said the stabbing had taken place.
She is now understood to be helping gardai with their inquiries.
Mr Garland lives in a residential block of apartments at Lismeen Groove on Beechpark Avenue in Coolock.
Officers have called to the homes of his neighbours, who are mostly elderly, to reassure them that they have no need to be fearful.
Mr Garland was in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital last night as gardai continued their investigations.
Shocked locals said Mr Garland is an unassuming man who is small in stature.
He lives on his own at the small flat not far from Coolock Garda station.
He is understood to have one son.
A manager at Kyle’s pub in Coolock, where the woman arrived shortly after the stabbing, declined to comment.
“I know Dessie yes, but the guards haven't come back to me yet so I can't say anything,” he told the Herald.
A local woman added: “I told them that we were all terrified, but they said not to worry and that there was no danger. They said that they think whoever did it knew him.”
A man who identified himself as a friend of the victim said that he is a quiet, unassuming man.
“Why would anyone want to stab him? He's a small man, you could push him over with your finger,” he said.
“I just saw the gardai and the place was taped off. It’s really terrible.”