Dirty, stinking homeless man attacked granny in late night horror

A HOMELESS man labelled a ‘berserk weirdo’ by his own lawyer bit a woman’s finger and made off with her handbag, a court heard.

Simon Parker, who appeared in the dock with a Mohican hairstyle, said he had no memory of attacking the grandmother in Bradford on Avon in the early hours on Friday (March 22). He compared the experience to featuring in a real-life video game.

Magistrates took a dim view of the 34-year-old’s actions, with chairman of the bench Alison Avery describing the attack as “absolutely terrifying”. Parker admitted two counts of assault, theft and possession of cocaine and amphetamines and was jailed for 36 weeks.

He started following the friends along Poulton, then began chasing one woman around a parked car for “no apparent reason”, Mr Dono said.

The man caught the woman, wrapping his legs around her body and, in the tussle, biting her finger. He bent the other woman’s fingers backwards as she tried to stop Parker from attacking her friend. Then he took one of the women’s handbags.

Police officers responding to a 999 call from one of the women found Parker nearby. He was described as either intoxicated or drugged, and was found with 2.7g of cocaine and 1.7g of amphetamines. Andrew Watts-Jones, defending, said his client was extremely remorseful, adding: “There are some assaults on his record but they were a very long time ago – 10 or more years ago. He’s not into violence and particularly wants the court to know he is mortified it was violence towards girls.”

Parker had been sleeping rough since being released from prison earlier in the year. “He’s filthy and he stinks,” Mr Watts-Jones said. “He’s clearly been living under hedges and wherever he can.”

Before the attack, Parker said he had not slept for three days. He had only the vaguest recollection of the incident with the women, likening the experience to a video game. His solicitor called Parker a “berserk weirdo” and compared him to a zombie.

Magistrates gave Parker concurrent 18-week sentences for each of the assaults and the theft of the handbag. An 18-week suspended sentence, previously imposed for theft, was also activated in full. He will serve three-quarters of his 36-week jail sentence before he is eligible for release.

Chairman of the bench Mrs Avery said: “It must have been absolutely terrifying for the women involved, being chased at night by a man, being physically restrained by him and having their fingers bitten and bent back.”

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