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Double amputee tells how he was driven out of hospital and ambushed by ‘Good Samaritan’

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A double amputee in a wheelchair has spoken of the terrifying moment he was robbed by a mugger posing as a Good Samaritan at the hospital.

Father of five George McEwan-Jones, 67, a retired taxi driver, said the nauseating attack happened after he decided to have a drink and get some fresh air after only waking from a six-week coma earlier that day.

The moments leading up to the incident were captured on CCTV footage when crook Liam Dallimore pretended to be doing a good deed before searching Mr. McEwan-Jones’s bank card and slamming his wheelchair into a wall.

“The nurses told me not to go out alone, but I said I was fine and never suspected I would be worried in a hospital,” Mr McEwan-Jones told MailOnline.

“I saw this man standing behind me when I bought a can of Coke at the WH Smiths at the hospital, and he must have seen my PIN. When I left the store he just grabbed the wheelchair and pushed me out and then down a ramp at great speed, taking my bank card.

Dallimore (pictured), from Glasgow, was jailed for 45 months after admitting to theft and fraud

George McEwan-Jones (left), 67, a retired taxi driver, said he was ill from the attack for which Liam Dallimore (right) was sentenced to 45 months in prison for theft and fraud

“A doctor watching from an upstairs window realized what was going on, but by the time he got downstairs it was too late and my stump was just pumping out blood because of the anticoagulants I was taking.

“How could anyone do this to another human being, let alone someone who is in such a vulnerable position?”

In the video, visitors and medical staff walked by, mistakenly assuming he was a friendly patient helping a disabled man get some fresh air while recovering from major surgery in Manchester.

Mr McEwan-Jones, who underwent surgery to remove his right leg, spoke of his ordeal

Mr McEwan-Jones, who underwent surgery to remove his right leg, spoke of his ordeal

But moments later, wearing only a surgical gown, having just returned from a six-week coma and learning that he had lost a leg, he was robbed of his bank card by Dallimore, who had pretended to be a patient on crutches.

In the moments before the brutal attack, the father of one had accosted Mr McEwan-Jones at a WH Smith shop in Manchester Royal Infirmary before driving him to the car park.

He then snatched the debit card from his hand and pushed Mr. McEwan-Jones’ wheelchair down a ramp into a wall, forcing the victim to use his punch to keep his face from hitting the brickwork.

While doctors treated the victim’s wounds, Dallimore, 29, used the stolen debit card to try to withdraw £270 cash from an ATM before spitting out cigarettes and getting cashback at a Morrisons supermarket.

In a statement to the court, Mr McEwan-Jones, who lost his right leg to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), just four years after his left leg had to be amputated: “I think it is absolutely diabolical that someone could do this to a man without legs.

Visitors and medical staff walked past Dallimore, mistakenly assuming he was a nice patient helping a disabled man - who had only just learned that he had lost a leg - to get some fresh air

Visitors and medical staff walked past Dallimore, mistakenly assuming he was a nice patient helping a disabled man – who had only just learned that he had lost a leg – to get some fresh air

‘How am I supposed to defend myself? This person must not have the heart to do such a devilish thing.

“I was just coming out of a coma when I was robbed at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. It was the first day I was awake.

‘I wanted a drink because I was so thirsty. Then this man grabbed my wheelchair and rammed me into a wall.

“When the robber pushed my wheelchair against the wall, I had to use the stump of my left leg to stop the blow. The wound I sustained was about the size of a 50 pence piece and wouldn’t stop bleeding.

“The whole incident touches me to this day. I feel very anxious when I go to the shops and have to take medicine to help me sleep.’

Yesterday, CCTV footage of the raid emerged as Glasgowian Dallimore, of no fixed residence, was jailed for three years and nine months after admitting to theft and fraud by false representation.

He refused to leave his cell and was taken care of during his absence.

Manchester Crown Court heard of the robbery at 1.30pm on 14 July this year, six weeks after Mr McEwan-Jones, from Salford, was hospitalized after collapsing unconscious with DVT.

Prosecutor David Lees told the court that the victim saw Dallimore loitering outside the entrance of WH Smiths and noticed that he was on crutches but did not have a limp.

Dallimore (pictured), 29, stole McEwan-Jones's bank card, which he spent on cigarettes

Dallimore (pictured), 29, stole McEwan-Jones’s bank card, which he spent on cigarettes

When asked for money for a taxi, Mr McEwan-Jones said he didn’t have one and was followed by Dallimore, who saw him buy a bottle of Coke using his PIN.

He then began to drive himself back to the hospital ward until the defendant approached him, put the crutches on the back of the wheelchair and pushed him up the hallway in the parking lot.

“He kept pushing him to a quiet part of the property and it was observed by a doctor who worked in a first floor office,” Mr Lees said.

“The doctor initially thought it was a patient doing another patient a favor by pushing him around, but then he realized they were going to a remote area and he was suspicious of what might happen.

“When they got to the secluded area, Dallimore took Mr. McEwan-Jones’s bank card from his right hand and pushed the wheelchair against a wall. He let it go and the chair went down a slope toward a wall.

“All Mr. McEwan-Jones could do to avoid hitting the wall was to use the stump of his left leg and the impact of the wall inflicted a wound the size of a 50p piece.

“Dallimore even ran down the slope and grabbed the drink Mr. McEwan-Jones had just bought before he ran.”

The victim’s wound did not stop bleeding from the drugs he was taking and had to stay in the hospital for another four weeks after the attack.

Dallimore, originally from Govan in Glasgow, was expelled from school when he was just five years old and has 77 charges to his name, including assaulting his own mother in which he spit in her face and said he hoped that she would get the coronavirus.

He also had other convictions for battery, theft and possession of a knife article and was addicted to heroin.

His counsel Daniel Calder said the robbery was “cruel and abhorrent” but added: “His presence at the hospital was to request treatment regarding abscesses on his legs.

“He would like the court to accept that the crime was more opportunistic than planned.”

Dallimore (pictured) snatched the credit card from Mr. McEwan-Jones' hands and pushed his wheelchair down a ramp into a wall

Dallimore (pictured) snatched the credit card from Mr. McEwan-Jones’ hands and pushed his wheelchair down a ramp into a wall

Conviction, said Recorder Michael Maher: ‘Medically the past four years have been grim for Mr McEwan-Jones and Dallimore then took advantage of him.

“He effectively kidnapped him by grabbing his wheelchair and controlling his movements.

“Obviously he targeted a man in an opportunist way, and the circumstances in which he targeted him would be appalling to the most right-thinking people.

“A doctor initially thought the defendant was acting selflessly. How wrong he was. This defendant, in fact, acted with utter contempt for Mr. McEwan-Jones and set him aside as if he were a piece of dirt. He was utterly helpless.’

After the case, Det Con Anthony Calvert of GMP’s Operation Valiant team said: ‘This was a horrific attack on a particularly vulnerable victim who had just undergone major and life-changing surgery.

This was clearly a premeditated attack and Dallimore was on the hunt for a victim he knew would not be able to defend himself, which clearly shows how cowardly he is.

‘No one should ever feel unsafe, especially not in a care environment like a hospital.’

Mr McEwan-Jones told MailOnline: “The police officers handling the case told me he was the most horrible person they’ve ever dealt with.

While doctors treated the victim's wounds, Dallimore, 29, used the stolen bank card to try to withdraw £270 cash

While doctors treated the victim’s wounds, Dallimore, 29, used the stolen bank card to try to withdraw £270 cash

“While he was in custody, he threw himself down and pretended to have been beaten up by the police. He didn’t have the guts to face me in court and stayed in his cell.’

Mr Jones, who has two grandchildren, said his family had gathered to help him, but the incident had eroded his confidence and delayed his recovery.

Although he already has a prosthesis on one leg, he says he now faces a struggle to get one to fit on the other leg, as one was amputated above the knee and the other below.

“The NHS won’t give me a prosthesis on the other leg because they said I would be off balance, but I’m going to argue my case,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said he keeps fit at home by bench pressing 80kg and doing leg extensions.

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