Man admits robbing Manchester Arena bombing victims

Manchester: A homeless man who was hailed a hero in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing has admitted stealing a purse and mobile phone from stricken victims of the attack.

Distressing CCTV footage played in Manchester Crown Court showed Chris Parker wandering between stricken and dying victims left bleeding on the floor.

He repeatedly returned to Pauline Healey, whose granddaughter lay dying nearby, before leaning over her body and taking her handbag to steal her purse.

Parker, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one of fraud. He pleaded not guilty to five counts relating to the attempted theft of a coat and bag discarded in the chaos following the attack, and the use of Mrs Healey's bank cards in the days after. He is accused of using the cards at fast food restaurants just hours after the attack.

Chris Parker was initially hailed a 'hero' and a Gofundme campaign raised tens of thousands of dollars for him.

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Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated his device in the foyer of the arena, killing 22 people and injuring scores more at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 last year.

Rough sleeper Parker received global acclaim afterwards as he described witnessing the effects of the blast and tending to the injured.

He told how he had wrapped an injured girl in a T-shirt and cradled a dying woman in his arms.

Mrs Healey, her granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, and Sorrell's mother, Samantha Leczkowski, did not attend the concert but were there to meet somebody who had.

More than 20 people were killed in the explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

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The grandmother underwent 15 hours of surgery to remove shrapnel from her body and also suffered multiple compound fractures to her arms and legs, while Sorrell's mother was also seriously injured.

Sorrell did not survive the bombing. The pupil at Allerton High School in Leeds was hoping to be an architect and wanted to study at Columbia University in New York.

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