Boy hit with petrol bomb returns home

Petrol bomb victim, 11 years-old Kevin Grint with his mum Donna at Altnagelvin Hospital on Saturday afternoon. DER2913JM100 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)
Petrol bomb victim, 11 years-old Kevin Grint with his mum Donna at Altnagelvin Hospital on Saturday afternoon. DER2913JM100 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

An 11 year-old boy, who suffered severe burns to his back after a petrol bomb attack in Creggan on Thursday, has returned home.

Kevin Grint, who lives in Iniscarn Crescent with his parents Donna Donnell and Noel Grint, was hit on the back with a petrol bomb whilst playing in a nearby park.

“I am just delighted to have him back home; the doctor said Kevin was as tough as an old pair of boots,” said happy father, Noel.

“I am really proud of the way my son has dealt with all of this because I mean it when I say it, he is lucky to be alive,” he added.

Several of Kevin’s friends gathered outside his home yesterday afternoon to welcome their pal back to Creggan and despite being badly hurt in the attack, the former St. John’s Primary School pupil said he was in “no pain”.

“I am feeling really good and I am happy to see all of my friends. I’ve a few visits to the hospital to make but I am in no pain,” said Kevin.

Kevin’s mum, Donna, got the news she so wanted on Friday evening when medical staff from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast telephoned her to let her know that Kevin was going to be discharged.

“Words can’t describe what it was like when they told me Kevin was coming home - I was over the moon.

“Kevin’s teacher, Mr. Feeney from St. John’s P.S. took me up to Belfast to collect Kevin and we brought him down home late last night.

“We are all pretty tired at the minute but to be honest, I can put up with being tired as long as Kevin is safe.”

Local Sinn Fein councillor, Kevin Campbell said he was happy to hear the good news but called on the public to exercise zero tolerance towards petrol bombs.

“I am glad to hear Kevin is out of hospital. It’s been a traumatic few days for his family and people in the area.

“Anyone who sees anything suspicious in local parks or petrol bombs should contact local community workers or the PSNI immediately. These items are too dangerous to be left lying in public parks.”