Friday, September 28, 2007
Ex Serviceman in a Wheelchair Mugged
A disabled ex-serviceman has told how he was bundled out of his wheelchair in a sickening street robbery.
Dennis Meehan, 55, was on his way to a kebab shop in Longsight when two attackers struck.
The former gunner, who suffers from osteo-arthritis and spondylitis, lay helpless on the ground for 45 minutes.
The ordeal began as he entered an underpass on Parry Road. A youth approached from the front and as Dennis greeted him an accomplice emerged from the darkness and pushed over his wheelchair.
They threatened to stab him before rifling his pockets as he lay helpless on the ground.
They fled with £5, a treasured medallion, a mobile phone and a watch.
Numb Dennis, who served in Northern Ireland, said his body went completely numb as he lay in the cold.He was treated in hospital for cuts and severe bruising.
The grandfather-of-eight, who worked as a DJ at legendary Manchester nightclub the Twisted Wheel after leaving the army, said: "I have lived in Longsight for 25 years and nothing like this has happened before.
"It's left me too frightened to go out and my injuries hurt so much I've had to double my dose of painkillers. It was a terrifying, frustrating experience because I could do nothing to fend them off.
"I would ask anybody who knows them to tell police."Insp Peter Forster said: "Whoever did this showed Dennis no respect whatsoever. Quite simply they are scum."
The attackers were black in their late teens(NWN:Our emphasis). One wore a distinctive combat style jacket.
Anyone with information, call police on 0161 856 4401.
NWN: There is a video of the poor guy on the link.