Homeless man viciously beaten by teen thugs gets a new lease on life thanks to kind-hearted locals
Locals were absolutely outraged when they found out about the assault and they immediately launched a campaign online to raise funds and to remove him from the street.
Faith in humanity has been restored. A homeless man in Blackpool, UK, who had been cruelly beaten up by a gang of young men was taken in by some kind-hearted locals who then gave him a haircut, medicine, glasses, and also a place to stay. 55-year-old Igor Gieci had been attacked by three teens who kicked and punched him violently. They also tore up his tent and started hitting the man with his own crutches in an attack that lasted a whole 20 minutes. Locals were absolutely outraged when they found out about the assault and they immediately launched a campaign online to raise funds for Gieci to remove him from the street while he recovers from his wounds.
The Daily Mail reported that in only two days, strangers from everywhere rallied to get him a nice haircut, buy him some prescription glasses and also to take him to a pharmacy so that he could get his medicines. A property developer also went the extra mile and gave him an apartment to sleep in temporarily while others donated more than £1,000 so that Gieci could get a permanent place to stay.
Now a series of beautiful pictures reveal that the homeless man, who is recovering from his injuries, is receiving tons of help from Good Samaritans who are hoping that they will be able to set him up with enough money for six months of rent at least. In the meantime, the authorities are asking for members of the public to come forward and give them any information on the teens who left Gieci suffering from a broken eye socket and a seriously bruised face and stomach.
The campaign to help out Gieci is being led by 49-year-old advertising design agency owner, Mark Butcher, who said: "This is the most vicious attack I have ever seen. It completely left me in tears. I think it's barbaric. I'm perplexed. I just don't understand because he's such a gentleman and has a nice personality."
"We have rallied around together and we have bought him reading glasses and given him food, a haircut, and medicine while a property developer has given him the use of a flat for free. Igor was so happy he could not believe it. He was so happy. We just plan to let him rest, feed him, and try to get him healthy."
When the attack was taking place on October 1, Gieci, who had been in the country for 15 years now, said that he tried to plead with the teens to stop. He said: "Please, stop it, stop it, me no problem." The teens, however, would not oblige the homeless man's request and continued to viciously punch and kick him with their hoods up until they finally "walked on like normal".
After he was attacked, Gieci went to a nearby tourist information center and he was later admitted to the Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he was then treated for significant facial injuries. The Lancashire Police immediately launched an investigation.
Gieci had a lot of problems trying to walk or eat after he was discharged because of the injuries he had to his stomach. Butcher is hoping that £3,000 can be raised to pay upfront for six months of rent for the homeless man.
He said: "In the short term we want to get his health back, but the mid-term plan is to get him back to work because that's the only way he can sustain himself. We are looking for an employer and a landlord. This poor guy has been beaten to a pulp by youths and had all of his stuff stolen once again. He deserves to live in safety and not be abused like this any longer." After the man received the keys to his apartment, he hugged Butcher and said: "Thank you, my friend. Good man. Thank you."
Gieci arrived in Blackpool in 2016 after he previously stayed in Bradford, Birmingham, Northampton, and Wolverhampton. He used to live in a rented apartment but then fell into some financial troubles and was evicted. The man has been homeless for about six to eight months now. He started sleeping outside the Metropole hotel on the Promenade in Blackpool's town center since September 18.
Gillian Campbell, the deputy leader of the Blackpool Council, said: "I am horrified to hear that this attack has taken place and I urge anyone with information to speak to the police." Detective Constable Adam Weaver of the Blackpool CID said: "This was a brutal and sustained assault on a vulnerable man and I would appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and speak to us."