Robbers Who Beat Man With Learning Difficulties With Paving Slab For £3 Are Jailed

Two men who mugged a man with learning difficulties and beat him with bricks and a paving slab to steal £3, leaving him in a coma, have been jailed.

Mohammed Ali, left, and Umair Anys
Mohammed Ali, left, and Umair Anys

The two muggers, Umair Anys and Mohammed Ali carried out the horrific attack on 18 June 2020. The victim, in his 30s, who suffers from severe learning difficulties, was walking in Watery Lane in Walsall, West Midlands, at approximately 10.45pm when he was pushed to the floor.

Anys and Ali then proceeded to kick and punch the victim as he pleaded with them to stop.

They then brutally beat him with bricks and a paving slab.

A court heard how the two men went through the pockets of their victim, stealing his phone, keys, and £3 in loose change.

West Midlands Police spoke to witnesses and trawled through hours of CCTV footage to identify Anys, who was just 17 at the time of the attack, resulting in him being arrested a week later.

In August 2020, officers launched a manhunt to locate Ali. They tracked him down and arrested him four months later on 9 December, in Newquay, Cornwall.

27-year-old Ali, and now 19-year-old Anys, both of Wallsall, pleaded not guilty to robbery but were later convicted at a 10-day trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court earlier this year.

Ali was sentenced to 14 years behind bars, and Anys was handed a nine-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

The victim, who has not been named, was extremely vulnerable and was left in a coma for three days following the attack. He has physically recovered from the incident, however, he has been left traumatised and is too scared to go outside on his own.

West Midlands Police Constable Jodie Allen, said: "Ali and Anys carried out a sickening attack on a helpless man for the sake of a phone and a few pounds. "They ignored his cries for help and their vicious attack has left him and his family with scars that will never heal.

"We can't accept violence like this on our streets and we will always pursue those who commit such awful crimes."

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