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Homeless Hero Of Manchester Bomb Attack Has Been Charged With Stealing From A Victim

The Sun

You may remember the name Chris Parker. He was one of many who rushed to Manchester Arena in May, after a bomb exploded that sent glass and nails into the bodies of innocent children and their parents.

The 33-year-old homeless man, who was originally hailed as a hero for helping victims of the bombing, has now been charged with two counts of theft related to items that were stolen from victims.

Although he plead 'not guilty' to the charges, he will have to prove it in court.

His alleged victim, Pauline Healey, claims he stole from her after she was injured when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb inside the lobby of the Manchester Arena in May.

Chris Parker has been accused of stealing a purse belonging to Pauline Healey, the grandmother of one of the children killed in the attack, 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski.

He also allegedly stole a cellphone from a teenage girl, who can't be named for legal reasons.

Parker was taken into custody at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court in England, where he plead not guilty.

(L-R) Pauline Healey accuses Parker of stealing her purse during after the attack. Her granddaughter, Sorrell Leczkowski was killed in the blast.Twitter / The Sun

The defendant said “I have done nothing. Absolutely nothing” as he was led from the dock.

He will stand before a judge at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on September 13.

In May, he was hailed as a hero when he and his friend, Stephen Jones, rushed to the aid of the victims at Manchester Arena.

It was reported that Parker cradled a dying woman in his arms after she had been fatally injured in a suicide bomb attack.

Inspired by his heroic actions, people raised £50,000 to help get Parker off the streets and start his life over anew. However, the funds were not immediately delivered to Parker, since GoFundMe required accountants, solicitors and outreach workers to withdraw the funds.

A trust had been set up with five trustees to look after the money on Mr. Parker's behalf. There have been no further reports about whether Parker still has access to the money.

[The Sun]