Manchester ‘homeless hero’ appears in court charged with theft from bomb victims

Update Manchester ‘homeless hero’ appears in court charged with theft from bomb victims
Chris Parker (GoFundMe)
Updated 16 August 2017
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Manchester ‘homeless hero’ appears in court charged with theft from bomb victims

Manchester ‘homeless hero’ appears in court charged with theft from bomb victims

DUBAI: The British homeless man who was hailed a hero after he rushed to help victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack in which 22 people died has appeared in court charged with the theft of a bank card from one of the victims.
Chris Parker, who received widespread praise for his actions and he even gave television interviews in which he described comforting victims as they died, denied the two charges of theft.
Parker is accused of stealing a purse and contents belonging to Pauline Healey, and a mobile phone from teenager who cannot be named, Manchester magistrates’ court heard.
Pauline Healey was left in a coma for several days after the attack – her granddaughter, Sorrel Leczkowski, 14, was killed. Her daughter, Samantha, Sorrell’s mother, was seriously injured.
In the days that followed the attack well-wishers raised £52,000 ($67,000) for Parker on a page set up on the crowd funding site, GoFundMe, to cover his living costs.
Parker was a regular feature at Manchester Arena foyer, where he begged for money.
At the time of the attack he described the horrific sites he witnessed and his selfless actions as he went to help several of the 250 injured.
Parker was still living on the streets despite the money raised to help him. But he had reportedly had met with managers of a local homeless charity.
Parker was denied bail and remanded in custody. The case has been transferred to the crown court.
As he was led away he shouted: “I’ve done nothing. I’ve done absolutely nothing. All I was doing was helping people.”
Responding to the initial news that Parker had been charged, a GoFundMe spokesman said on Tuesday night: “We’re monitoring the situation closely. We are in full control of the funds and all donors are completely protected by the GoFundMe Guarantee. Anyone concerned about their donation should contact us at gofundme.com/guarantee.”