NEWS: Manchester hero admits stealing
Chris Parker, a 33-year-old homeless man was dubbed a hero after his actions during the Manchester terrorist attack where he comforted a seriously injured girl. However now he has admitted stealing from the victims of the terrorist attack, taking purses and money.
A bomb had been detonated at an Ariane Grande concert killing 22 people with a lot more people injured, on the 22nd of May.
Mr Parker kept returning to one victim in particular, Pauline Healey, before stealing the purse from her bag. Shortly after he was using Mrs Healeys card to pay at fast food restaurants. CCTV footage was played to Manchester Crown Court that showed Mr Parker wandering between victims.
The trial was supposed to take place on Tuesday but was delayed after the accused failed to appear, he was later found hiding in a loft where he was arrested in a home in West Yorkshire.
Mr Parker has pleaded guilty to theft and fraud after stealing the debit card. However he pleaded not guilty to five counts of the attempted theft of a coat and bag that had been lost during the terrorist attack.
He also admitted stealing a mobile phone belonging to a teenage girl who cannot be named.
The prosecutors have said that is was clear Mr Parker gave some form of assistance to people who had been injured, but he ”equally” took the opportunity to steal in the aftermath of the attack.
Mr Parker has previous convictions for theft and shoplifting ranging from 2000 to last February. He will remain in custody until he is sentenced on the 30th of January where a custodial sentence is ‘most likely’.