Gary Bellamy, 23, has also been spat at in the street by yobs who have bullied him
CAUGHT on grainy CCTV, this is the sickening moment a deaf man with learning difficulties and crippling lung disease cystic fibrosis is punched to the floor and his treasured scooter stolen.
It is, says the mother of vulnerable adult Gary Bellamy, the culmination of a campaign of bullying by feral youths that has seen the 23-year-old spat at in the street.
Too scared to leave his Perry Common home following the attack, Gary found the courage to give evidence against his attacker.
At Birmingham Youth Court this month, the 17-year-old, who we cannot name because of his age, was sentenced to 26 weeks detention after being convicted of assault and taking the scooter without consent.
The teenager was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and, importantly, slapped with a restraining order preventing him from having any contact with disabled Gary.
The effects of the attack on Gary, who has been hospitalised five times in the last year with cystic fibrosis, will last much longer than his tormentor’s custodial sentence.
Virtually mute, he has been singled out by youths because of his disability, says mum Sharon Green. “They’ve spat at him and called him a deaf bastard,” said the 47-year-old.
“They are scum, low-lifes. The kids nowadays have no respect, some of them are downright nasty. There is no respect for people with disability.
“I think people take advantage because of his disability – I can understand what he says, others can’t. If someone says, ‘give me this’, Gary will say, ;what for?’, then hand it over.”
Gary saved £1,000 to buy the Sym 121 scooter last year. He is now too scared to ride the machine.
He was attacked on March 13 while riding along Witton Lodge Road. Aware he was being followed by three youths on a motorbike, Gary attempted to make it to the safety of a friend’s home, which is the source of the CCTV footage.
But the youths pounced – and Gary recognised his attacker because the teenager’s crash helmet had no visor.
Mum-of-three Sharon, a full time carer, was informed Gary had been the victim of a bike-jacking minutes after the crime.
“He was shook-up and upset about what had happened,” she said.
“To be honest, I wanted to kill whoever did it. Gary was very relieved when he was told the person responsible was in custody.”
After the family made enquiries, the scooter was handed back by a member of the culprit’s family. The youth was sentenced on June 9.But Gary’s torment did not end with the court case.
Three weeks ago, while still in the process of piecing together his confidence, Gary’s scooter was again stolen, this time from outside shops.
That crime was not connected to the previous incident.When police recovered the machine, it was badly damaged.
The ignition barrel was broken, mirrors smashed and the seat ripped-off to gain access to the cut-off switch.Sharon has paid for the repairs and a tracker device, but Gary now refuses to ride the scooter.
He has had enough.
She said angrily: “It’s not going to stop, it will only stop if we move.”