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Moment robber, 29, posed as a good Samaritan to wheel a double amputee, 67, outside a hospital before mugging him and ramming his wheelchair into a wall
- Liam Dallimore stole the bank card of George McEwan-Jones outside hospital
- He posed on crutches before pushing the victim’s wheelchair into a wall
- Dallimore then used the card to buy cigarettes while the amputee was treated
- The attacker was jailed for nearly four years after admitting robbery and fraud
Video captured the chilling moment a robber posed as a good Samaritan and wheeled an elderly double amputee outside a hospital – before mugging him and ramming his wheelchair into a wall.
Visitors and medical staff walked past Liam Dallimore, mistakenly assuming he was a kind patient helping a disabled man get some fresh air whilst recovering from a major operation in Manchester.
But moments later George McEwan-Jones, 67, dressed only in a surgical gown having just come round from a six week coma and learning he’d lost a leg – was robbed of his bank card by Dallimore, who’d posed as a patient on crutches.
In the moments before the callous attack, the father-of-one had accosted Mr McEwan-Jones outside a WH Smith store at Manchester Royal Infirmary before wheeling him into to the car park.
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.
In a statement, Mr McEwan-Jones, who lost his right leg to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) 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.
Liam Dallimore (pictured), 29, stole the bankcard of George McEwan-Jones, 67, which he used to spend on cigarettes after the vicious and callous attack
Visitors and medical staff walked past Liam Dallimore, mistakenly assuming he was a kind patient helping a disabled man – who’d only just learned he’d lost a leg – get some fresh air whilst recovering from a major operation
‘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.’
Today, CCTV images of the raid emerged as Glaswegian Dallimore, of no fixed abode, was jailed for three years and nine months after he admitted robbery and fraud by false representation.
He refused to leave his cell and was dealt with in his absence.
Manchester Crown Court heard 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, told the court the victim spotted Dallimore loitering outside the entrance to WH Smiths and noticed he was on crutches but not limping.
When asked for money for a taxi, Mr McEwan-Jones said he didn’t have any and was followed into the store by Dallimore, who watched him buy a bottle of cola using his pin number.
He then started to wheel himself back to the hospital ward until the defendant approached him, put the crutches on the back of the wheelchair and pushed him out onto the corridor and into the car park.
Dallimore (pictured) snatched the credit card out of his hands and pushed his wheelchair down a slope into a wall
Dallimore, originally from Glasgow and of no fixed abode, was jailed for 45 months after he admitted robbery and fraud by false representation
‘He continued to push him to a quiet area of the grounds and it was witnessed by a doctor working in a first-floor office,’ Mr Lees 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.
‘As they got to the secluded area, Dallimore has grabbed Mr McEwan-Jones’s bank card from his right hand then pushed the wheelchair into a wall. He let him go and the chair went down a slope towards a wall.
‘All Mr McEwan-Jones could do to stop himself from running into the wall was to use the stump of his left leg and the impact of the wall caused a wound the size of a 50 pence piece.
‘Dallimore even ran down the slope and grabbed the drink that Mr McEwan-Jones had just purchased before running off.’
The victim’s wound wouldn’t stop bleeding because of the medication he was on, and had to remain in hospital for a further four weeks after the attack.
Dallimore, originally from Govan in Glasgow, was expelled from school when he was just five and has 77 offences on his record, including an 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.
His counsel Daniel Calder said the robbery was ‘cruel and abhorrent’ but added: ‘His attendance at the hospital was to ask for treatment in relation to abscesses to his legs.
‘He would wish the court to accept that the offence was opportunistic rather than planned.’
Sentencing, 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.
As doctors treated the victim’s wounds, Dallimore, 29, used the stolen debit card to try and withdraw £270 cash
‘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.’
After the case Det Con Anthony Calvert of GMP’s Operation Valiant team, said: ‘This was a horrific assault on a particularly vulnerable victim who had just undergone major and life-changing surgery.
‘This was clearly a premeditated assault and Dallimore was on the prowl for a victim he knew would be unable to defend themselves, clearly demonstrating how much of a coward he is.
‘No one should ever be made to feel unsafe particularly in a care setting such as a hospital.’
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