MANCHESTER: The homeless man initially hailed as a hero following last year’s Manchester terror attack – until it was revealed he actually stole from dying victims – will have a home in jail for the next four years.
Chris Parker, 33, claimed he sprang into action after the terror bombing killed 22 people and injured 59 at an Ariana Grande concert in the northern English city – until security camera footage revealed he stole an injured teenager’s cellphone and rifled through another woman’s purse while her granddaughter lay dying nearby.
“You stole from people who were seriously injured at a time when others were either dead or dying,” Judge David Hernandez told the unscrupulous urchin as he sentenced him to four years and three months in jail.
The callous bum even used the stolen card to buy a meal at McDonald’s. He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of fraud on Jan 3.
A GoFundMe account started when Parker was still believed to be a hero has raised about $70,700, but the organizer announced plans to return the cash following Parker’s guilty plea.
The judge also banned Parker from Manchester city center for 10 years.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a homemade bomb inside the Manchester Arena just as Grande’s show was wrapping up May 23.