A defenceless double amputee was robbed at a busy hospital just hours after he came round from a six-week coma and learned he had lost his leg.
George McEwan-Jones, 67, was targeted by cruel 29-year old Liam Dallimore for his bank card even though he was in a wheelchair and dressed only in a surgical gown.
Dallimore accosted the victim outside a WH Smith store at Manchester Royal Infirmary before wheeling him into the car park, the Manchester Evening News reports.
He then snatched the debit card out of his hand and pushed Mr McEwan-Jones’ wheelchair down a slope into a wall forcing the victim to use his stump to prevent his face from hitting the brickwork.
As doctors treated the victim’s wounds, Dallimore, 29, used the stolen debit card to try and withdraw £270 cash from an ATM before splashing out on cigarettes and getting cashback at a Morrisons supermarket.
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In a statement Mr McEwan Jones who lost his right leg to deep vein thrombosis just four years after his left leg had to be amputated said: ”I think it’s absolutely diabolical that someone could do this to a man with no legs.
”How am I supposed to defend myself? This person must not have a heart to do such a diabolical thing.”
He added: ”I had just come out of a coma when I was robbed in the Manchester Royal Infirmary. It was the first day I had been awake. I wanted to get a drink because I was so thirsty. Then this man has taken hold of my wheelchair and rammed me into a wall.
”When the robber pushed my wheelchair into the wall, I have had to use the stump of my left leg to stop the impact. The wound I suffered was about the size of a 50 pence piece and did not stop bleeding. The whole incident affects me to this day. I feel very worried going out to the shops and I have to take medication to help me sleep.”
At Manchester Crown Court, Glaswegian Dallimore, of no fixed abode was jailed for 45 months after he admitted robbery and fraud by false representation. He refused to leave his cell and was dealt with in his absence.
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The robbery at 1.30pm on July 14 this year occurred six weeks after Mr McEwan-Jones, from Salford had been admitted to hospital after collapsing unconscious with DVT.
David Lees prosecuting said: ”He was in a coma for five to six weeks and came out of it to find his right leg had to be amputated. He had already had his left leg amputated sometime earlier. Later that day he decided to use his wheelchair to go to the shops as he felt thirsty. he was still in his surgical gown and having no pockets, he sat on his mobile phone, keeping it under his legs.”
Dallimore approached Mr McEwan-Jones asked him initially for £18 for taxi money then asked to borrow his phone to find out how much a taxi was. He then followed him into the shop and watched him enter his pin number.
The thief pushed his wheelchair out of the hospital main entrance and into the car park, Mr Lees said, adding a medic spotted what was happening.
He said: “The doctor initially thought it was one patient doing another patient a favour by pushing him around but then he realised they were going towards a secluded area and he was suspicious as to what might happen.”
Dallimore had 77 offences on his record including a 2020 assault on his own mother in which he spat in her face and said he hoped she would get coronavirus.
He also had other convictions for battery, robbery and having a bladed article and had an addiction to heroin.
Judge Mr Recorder Michael Maher said: ”Medically speaking, the last four years have been grim for Mr McEwan-Jones and Dallimore then took advantage of him.
“He effectively abducted him by grabbing his wheelchair and controlling his movements. It is clear that he did opportunistically target a man, and the circumstances in which he did target him most right-thinking people would think as appalling.
”A doctor initially thought the defendant was acting in a selfless manner. How wrong he was. This defendant in fact acted with utter contempt for Mr McEwan-Jones, casting him aside as though he was a piece of rubbish. He was completely helpless.”