Why target him?

DEVASTATED!. . . .Patrick Curry and Philomena Dinsmore, pictured at their Lettershandoney home yesterday. Their brother Tommy was badly burned in a petrol bomb attack on his Benvarden Avenue home on Friday night. He is presently critically ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. 0705JM12
DEVASTATED!. . . .Patrick Curry and Philomena Dinsmore, pictured at their Lettershandoney home yesterday. Their brother Tommy was badly burned in a petrol bomb attack on his Benvarden Avenue home on Friday night. He is presently critically ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. 0705JM12

The heartbroken family of a man set alight when his Derry home was petrol bombed have said they can not understand why their brother was targeted.

Thomas Curry (45) remains in a critical condition in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital after two petrol bombs were thrown through the front window of his Benvarden Avenue home on Friday night.

Four people arrested in connection to the attack have been released on bail.

A PSNI spokeswoman says the four - three men aged 20, 24 and 25 and a 44 year old woman - have been released pending further enquiries.

Mr Curry’s brother Patrick last night told the ‘Journal’ his brother was a “gentleman” and said the family can not understand why this has happened.

“He’s known by everyone as being gentle and kind. That’s not something I say because he’s my brother or because of what happened, everyone who knows him will tell you the same,” he said.

Mr Curry said his brother remains critical but stable. He said Thomas suffered around 40% burns and is in an induced coma.

“You wouldn’t do this sort of thing to an animal, let alone to a human being. All we are hearing is that people have been arrested but we have don’t know why.”

He paid tribute to the neighbours who dragged Thomas from his burning home.

“They put their own lives in danger for Thomas. We haven’t been talking to them but we are so grateful to them for what they did,” he said.

Thomas’s sister Philomena Dinsmore urged anyone with information to come forward.

“If anyone knows anything please come forward. We wouldn’t want any other family to have to go through this,” she said.

Police say they are treating the attack as attempted murder.