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Ramsgate: Zak Williams, 20, jailed for robbing wheelchair-bound woman

By Paul Hooper

A Ramsgate man – who was left hobbling after thugs forced him to jump from a high bridge – showed no sympathy for a woman in a wheel chair.

Mean-spirited Zak Williams targeted the 56-year-old stranger and robbed her of her handbag, phone and credit cards.

Now the 20-year-old, from Hobart Road, Ramsgate, has been found guilty by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court and sent to a young offender’s institute for 30 months.

Zak Williams. Pic: Kent Police

Judge Heather Norton told him: “This was a cowardly and nasty attack on someone who was vulnerable and defenceless.

“There was absolutely nothing your victim could have done to prevent you from stealing her handbag, given she was wheelchair-bound and unable to move.”

Last year a court heard how two callous vigilantes had ordered Williams to jump 20ft from a Thanet bridge onto concrete.

Their terrified victim plunged from The Chine at the Westcliff in Ramsgate breaking his ankle and wrist and causing a head injury.

Former stripper Christopher Rogers, 30, and Ryan Turner, 29, both of Auckland Avenue, Ramsgate were convicted and later jailed.

But despite his ordeal it didn’t stop Williams from attacking the wheelchair-bound woman near a shop in St John’s Avenue in Ramsgate in January last year.

A jury heard how he snatched his terrified victim’s bag taking a purse and mobile phone leaving the woman fearful of going out alone.

She told police: “This incident has caused me distress and I am worried about going out again as I am a vulnerable person being in a wheelchair.

“I had to cancel my phone contract and I relied on my phone for the emergency services in case I had a panic attack.

“I have also had to cancel my credit and bank cards which has caused me a lot of issues.”

David Howells, defending, said he had been the victim of a serious assault after being forced to jump from a bridge.

Judge Norton told Williams: “You have accumulated an unenviable record for offending and have been given various opportunities to reform.”

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