Thursday, September 24, 2009

Heroin addict jailed for attack on wheelchair man

A WALSALL drug addict who tried to rob a 61-year-old wheelchair-bound man has been put behind bars for four years.

Judge Michael Challinor told Steven Griffiths: "You deliberately targeted this elderly man because you hoped you would not have to use much force to overwhelm him, but that made what you did no less terrifying.

"When you attack someone in a wheelchair, you risk causing further damage to someone who is already infirm."

Griffiths had a previous conviction for assault with intent to rob and, at the time of the offence, was the subject of a Community Order for stealing from his sister. The judge told him: "You, and others like you, must understand that if you attack vulnerable people in the street, you can expect no mercy."

Griffiths, aged 32, of Wolverhampton Street, Darlaston, admitted assaulting Trevor Perry with intent to rob.

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