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Homeless 'hero' of Manchester terror attack admits stealing from victims

Homeless 'hero' of Manchester terror attack admits stealing from victims

CCTV footage shown in court reportedly showed Parker walking around the victims who lay on the ground and kneeling next to them.

Her 14-year-old granddaughter Sorrell Leczkowski died in the attack on 22 May.

Parker also pleaded guilty to fraud and the theft of a mobile phone belonging to a teenage girl, who could not be named in court due to her age.

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His trial was set to begin Tuesday, but he never showed up to court, and was found by police early Wednesday hiding in an apartment in Halifax.

Parker faced eight counts in total but denied five offences, including attempting to steal a coat and a bag and using Healey's Yorkshire Bank card at Tesco on Deansgate in Manchester and to buy a public transport ticket. Give his other guilty pleas, prosecutors will not pursue those unresolved charges.

"I was really shellshocked by it all".

John Broadley, defending, asked for pre-sentence reports on Parker, who has a string of previous convictions dating from 2000 to February of past year, including the theft of a woman's purse and numerous shoplifting and burglary offences.

33-year-old Chris Parker was initially praised as a hero after claiming he comforted a seriously injured girl.

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Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May, killing 22 people and injuring many more.

John Broadley, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report on Mr Parker, who has previous thefts and shoplifting convictions dating back from 2000 to February past year.

He also took an iPhone 6 from the grandmother, who had 15 hours of surgery to remove shrapnel from her body and also suffered multiple compound fractures to her arms and legs.

Her granddaughter Sorrell, a pupil at Allerton High School in Leeds, was hoping to be an architect and wanted to study at Columbia University in NY.

At one point he appeared to kick a handbag across the floor and then go and look into it.

In the wake of the attack, media reports hailed Parker as a "hero" after he described assisting some victims.

"I ran into that Arena that night because I heard kids screaming".

He added that GoFundMe policy prevents him from giving the funds to any other charity or cause.


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