A shameless thug who stole £1,100 from a beneficiant disabled pensioner who had supplied him some spare change is seemingly used to residing a lifetime of luxurious, elevating additional questions over why he preyed on a weak man.
Andrew Merritt, 34, stopped an 88-year-old sufferer on the street in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and requested if he may spare him £2.
The harmless aged man, who was on a mobility scooter, took his pockets out and went one step additional by really giving Merritt £3.10
However CCTV then confirmed Merritt – who has been branded the ‘lowest of the low’ – hugging the person earlier than grabbing his pockets, counting the big was of £20 banknotes and strolling away smiling.
Merritt, who has earlier convictions regarding 118 offences, then stored the money and dumped the pockets close by regardless of the person pleading for his pockets.
Images from the thug’s social media provide an perception into his luxurious life-style as he’s seen flaunting manufacturers akin to Armani. In different photographs he’s pictured smoking, partying with buddies at nightclubs and flexing his muscle tissue within the mirror on the health club.
Andrew Merritt is pictured carrying Armani garments regardless of stealing from a beneficiant disabled pensioner who supplied him some spare change
The 34-year-old is pictured out partying along with his mates at a nightclub. His social media offers an perception to his life
Merritt (pictured flexing on the health club) was branded the ‘lowest of the low’ for stealing from the pensioner
Merritt approached the person on his mobility scooter and stole his pockets. Right here, he’s pictured with a buddy in a picture from his social media
Merritt is pictured smoking. Involved households have known as for a crowdfunder to assist the disabled pensioner.
Merritt wears numerous branded garments in his photographs however nonetheless felt the necessity to steal from the pensioner. Right here, Merritt is pictured carrying Adidas and Ellesse sportswear.
It raises contemporary questions as to why he felt the necessity to exploit the aged man and steal from him.
It comes after involved households have known as for a crowdfunder to assist the disabled pensioner.
Native Michael Brown commented on Fb: ‘I hope somebody had a fundraiser for the previous man – that is some huge cash for many pensioners.’
Graham Fisher pledged to donate if one had been arrange, saying: ‘If there may be, I will give £100.’
Commenting on Nottinghamshire Police’s put up concerning the story Lester Staples stated: ‘I want there was a Gofundme web page for the poor chap, I might positively assist him get his a refund!’
On X, previously Twitter, one man branded Merritt ‘gutter scum’, and requested: ‘Did the aged man get his a refund from this gutter scum?’
One other involved reader requested: ‘Did the sufferer get his a refund and/or compensation from the Prison Accidents Compensation Authority?
‘Has anybody checked to ensure he had sufficient cash for meals, and so on, after this terrible occasion?’
Andrew Merritt, 34, robbed £1,100 from an 88-year-old disabled man. He had 188 earlier convictions
The second Andrew Merritt took the aged man’s pockets regardless of the type pensioner giving him £3.10
The type 88-year-old pensioner begs for his £1,100 again whereas Merritt counts out the wad of notes he has simply taken
Individuals are urging a fundraiser to be began for the sufferer on social media, with others pledging to donate if one had been set as much as assist him
Nottingham Crown Court docket heard Merritt stole £1,100 within the theft which occurred in Potter Road, Worksop, Notts., on August 1 this yr.
Witnesses went to the aged man’s support earlier than calling the police.
Footage reveals Merritt stopping in a doorway of a home the place he modified his T-shirt in a bid to keep away from detection.
Merritt was arrested after a police officer recognised him from the CCTV footage.
Bodycam footage reveals Merritt being arrested as he lay on his mattress six days after the theft.
Throughout a police interview, Merritt denied stealing the cash, insisting the aged man had agreed to buy a motorcycle from him.
Merritt, of Cheapside, Worksop, later admitted theft and on Wednesday he was jailed for 4 years at Nottingham Crown Court docket.
He was additionally given a Prison Behaviour Order banning him from Workshop city centre for 4 years and ordered to pay a £228 sufferer surcharge.
‘Gutter scum’: Andrew Merritt was slammed for robbing an aged man by individuals involved if he’ll ever see his cash returned
Merritt walks off with the disabled pensioner’s money with a smile plastered throughout his face
The thief ignored the pensioner’s pleas to return the substantial sum of money as he walked off and dumped the pockets
The courtroom heard he has earlier convictions regarding 118 offences, together with theft, shoplifting, assault, breaching courtroom orders and burglaries.
Following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Nick Corridor, of Nottinghamshire Police, stated: ‘Merritt’s actions had been cowardly within the excessive.
‘He preyed on a weak man realizing he wouldn’t be capable of cease him making off along with his cash.
‘When he requested for £2, the aged sufferer gave him that and extra, out of the goodness of his coronary heart.
Merritt is videoed altering his shirt in an try and keep away from detection from the police after stealing from the defenceless previous man
Merritt, who had 118 earlier convictions, was discovered by police six days after he dedicated the stunning theft
The second shameless thief, Merritt, is caught by police in his mattress after stealing over £1,000 from an aged man in a mobility scooter
‘It was a form act of generosity and so it was staggering that Merritt repaid the gentleman’s empathy by robbing him of such an unlimited amount of cash.
‘It was a particularly merciless crime and I’m happy Merritt has been made to pay for his appalling actions.
‘I hope the result at courtroom supplies the sufferer with some consolation in realizing that Merritt can not hurt anyone in our communities.
‘I might additionally prefer to thank the witnesses who got here ahead with data in order that we may put Merritt behind bars.’