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Man in electric wheelchair knocked over two elderly women and drove off

PUBLISHED: 09:25 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 29 September 2018

Aaron Ali reversed his electric wheelchair into two elderly women, knocked them to the ground, and drove off. Photo: Met Police

Aaron Ali reversed his electric wheelchair into two elderly women, knocked them to the ground, and drove off. Photo: Met Police

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A man who injured two elderly women after he reversed his electric wheelchair into them has been convicted of two counts of actual bodily harm.

Southwark Crown Court heard that Aaron Ali was in Wickham Lane, Welling, on Thursday, June 14, when he reversed his electric wheelchair into two women aged 90 and 85 who were waiting at the bus stop.

Both women were knocked to the ground. Ali then drove off.

Police were called to the scene and CCTV evidence from a nearby shop was used to identify Ali, of Poplar Place, Thamesmead, who was arrested on Monday, June 18.

After he was searched at Plumstead police station, a small amount of cannabis was found.

While in custody he damaged a laptop after he pushed it onto the floor during an interview with detectives.

As a result of these actions, Ali was also charged with possession of a Class B drug and one count of criminal damage. He pleaded guilty to those charges but denied ABH.

A jury on Friday, September 28 found him guilty of the ABH after a week-long trial.

He will be sentenced at the same court on a date to be confirmed.

Ali was found not guilty of assaulting another man in a separate offence on Tuesday, January 2 in Woolwich High Street.

After the trial, Det Con Iain Hill, of Bexley CID, said: ““Ali has used a means in aiding movement as a weapon, injuring two vulnerable people in this despicable act showing absolutely no remorse for his actions.

“He showed a blatant disregard for the welfare of the women he injured with his electric wheelchair. After hitting them, he drove off in attempt to avoid the consequences of his actions. Even after being arrested by police, Ali acted in an aggressive manner towards police and caused damage to a detective’s laptop after he lost his temper and threw it on the floor.”

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