Happy ending for victimised homeless man

Marius Bonciu (r) shakes hands with Billy McFetridge after he is letting Marius stay with his family. Picture: Andrew Roe

Marius Bonciu (r) shakes hands with Billy McFetridge after he is letting Marius stay with his family. Picture: Andrew Roe

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A MAN targeted by yobs who set the tent he had been living in alight has a new home thanks to a generous Free Press reader.

Marius Bonciv has also had an offer of work after kind hearted residents read about his plight.

The 43-year-old, who left his native Romania in search of work had been subjected to threats, stone throwing and demands for money from a gang who targeted him on a daily basis since moving to Doncaster last month.

Marius who had been sleeping in his tent near Doncaster College’s Hub campus before it was destroyed had resorted to making a shelter out of bin bags before the generous offer.

Marius said: “I got the call about work and then about a place to stay. I thought I was dreaming, it was almost too much to take in.

“I can’t thank the paper enough for helping me and I am so surprised by how nice people have been it is really quite overwhelming to know there are people like this out there.

“I was getting scared sleeping outside wondering when the gang were going to come back, I couldn’t sleep.”

Community chaplin Billy McFetridge, 62, of Ravensworth Road, Hyde Park, offered Marius the spare room in his home after reading the story in the Free Press.

Mr McFetridge had seen Marius at the homeless food drop in project where he works at St Peter-in-Chains Church in Chequer Road.

He said: “I saw the article and recognised Marius and I just thought it was a sad reflection of what the country is coming to.

“I had a spare room and discussed it with my family and they were happy to let him stay with us.

“He was very grateful and relieved. He is settling in well and we are happy to help out.”

Police are continuing to make inquires about the attacks on Marius.