A Thamesmead man has been found guilty by a jury of injuring two elderly women with his electric wheelchair after reversing into them at a bus stop.
Aaron Ali, aged 40, from Poplar Place in SE28, was found guilty by a jury yesterday (Friday, September 28), after a week-long trial at Southwark Crown Court.
He was convicted of two counts of aggravated bodily harm and will be sentenced at a later date.
Ali was also found not guilty of assaulting another man in a separate offence, that took place on Tuesday, January 2, on Woolwich High Street.
The court heard that Ali reversed his electric chair into the two women – aged 90 and 85 – while they were waiting at a bus stop, in Welling, Kent, knocking both of them to the ground before he drove off.
Ali was arrested after police were able to identify him from CCTV footage from a nearby shop.
Police also found a small amount of cannabis after searching Ali at Plumstead station.
Ali also damaged a police laptop, throwing it to the floor after losing his temper during a police interview.
As a result, he was charged pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug, and one count of criminal damage.
Bexley CID’s Detective Constable Iain Hill, 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.”