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Homeless man who stole from Manchester Arena attack victims faces jail

Chris Parker ‘most likely’ faces a jail sentence, Judge David Hernandez warned him at the last hearing.

A homeless man who stole from victims of the Manchester Arena bombing will be sentenced later today.

Chris Parker claimed to have helped some of those injured in the attack and was initially hailed a hero, with more than £50,000 being raised by the public to help the rough sleeper.

But CCTV recovered by police showed him wandering the foyer of the arena amid the dying and injured, stealing from victims.

Chris Parker court case

The 33-year-old admitted at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court last month to stealing a purse and a mobile phone from two victims.

He faces sentence at the same court and “most likely” faces a jail sentence, Judge David Hernandez warned him at the last hearing.

Salman Abedi’s suicide bombing killed 22 people and left scores injured on May 22 last year.

Parker was caught on camera leaning over the body of injured survivor Pauline Healey to steal her purse as her 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski lay dying nearby.

He also snatched the mobile phone of a teenager and within hours was using Mrs Healey’s bank cards at a local McDonald’s.

Prosecutors said the defendant provided “some limited assistance” but that he also took the opportunity to commit the thefts immediately after the atrocity.

Parker will be sentenced for two counts of theft and one count of fraud.

He will not receive the money raised for him through the public appeal on GoFundMe. It will instead go back to the donors.


From Belfast Telegraph