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Man jailed for running over two elderly women with electric wheelchair

PUBLISHED: 12:40 17 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 17 November 2018

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

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

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A man who ran over two elderly women with his electric wheelchair was sentenced on Friday, November 16 at Southwark Crown Court.

Aaron Ali, 40, was found guilty at the same court in September of two charges of harassment, two of causing actual bodily harm, one of criminal damage and one of possession of a class B drug.

He was jailed for two years.

The court heard that on the June 14, Ali, of Poplar Place, Thamesmead, reversed his electric wheelchair into a 90-year-old and a 85-year-old woman who were waiting at the bus stop in Wickham Lane, Welling.

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

Police were called to the scene and CCTV evidence from a nearby shop was used to identify Ali, who was arrested on 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, pleading guilty.

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 an attempt to avoid the consequences of his actions.

“Even after being arrested by police, Ali acted in an aggressive manner towards police and caused more than £1,000 of damage to a detective’s laptop after he lost his temper and threw it on the floor.

“The sentence received reflects the severity of the offences. This was a cowardly attack on two vulnerable victims and this offender has been brought to justice.”

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