Disabled man in wheelchair ‘glad’ thug attacked him and left him for dead
Karl Dean hopes prison will change Alex Proctor for the better (Image: HullLive/ WS)
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A disabled man was knocked unconscious after he was pulled to the ground while on a nightout.
Karl Dean had been enjoying a night out with friends at The Bank pub in Hull when his group was approached by Alex Procter.
The 20-year-old ran towards Karl, who has cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair, and threw him to the floor, Hull Daily Mail reported.
After the attack he lay on the floor unconscious for ten to 15 seconds before coming to.
When Karl did he discovered he had suffered horrific injuries including a gash to his forehead, a swollen left eye, cuts to his nose and bruises to his leg.
Karl was knocked out when he hit the floor
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Almost five months on from the attack he watched via videolink as Procter was sentenced to two years and nine months at Hull Crown Court.
Karl believes that the prison sentence handed to the “very dangerous” Proctor was not long enough.
He said: “He has been in jail before and he is only 20 and has attacked people before.
“I am glad he attacked me as I am physically and mentally strong.
"If he attacked someone who had weak bones that person could have been in hospital for months.
“He is a very dangerous man.
Karl is glad he was attacked and not someone else
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Alex Procter has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison
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“I thought he was not showing any feelings, like he didn’t care what he had done.”
Procter was also sentenced for a number of attacks that took place last summer which included hitting a friend with a plastic toolbox and attacking an ice cream van.
Karl hopes that Procter’s times in prison will change him for the better.
“I hope after jail you (Procter) change your life and be a better man,” he said.
“He is angry with life, but I could be angry with my life being disabled – but I am a happy person.
Karl was left with several bad injuries
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He added: “I still think about the attack but it won’t stop me from living my life as I am very strong minded.
“The attack would have been awful to whoever you are. I think a lot of able bodied people would have suffered injuries too.
"He pushed my wheelchair over from behind so fast my friends could not stop me from falling over.
“I hit my head on the footpath and I was knocked out with my wheelchair on top of me.
“My friends put me in the recovery position on the footpath and picked up the wheelchair.
"I came round so they put me back in my chair for my own safety as I was wriggling around on the footpath.
“For a few days I had headaches and dizziness and I also had whiplash for two weeks.”
Friends and locals at The Bank pub were left devastated and disgusted when they heard news of the attack.
Pub manager Beverly Nilsson, who locked the doors behind Karl and his friends after they left the pub that night, said she was left “speechless”.
In September she said: “You don’t think people would do that to somebody in a wheelchair.
"You don’t want it to happen to anybody at all.
“Karl is the loveliest bloke and everybody loves him.
"I was devastated when I found out and didn’t know what to say.”
Karl’s wheelchair was severely damaged in the attack, but his friends and punters at the pub help raised funds to fix it.
They also bought Karl a holiday.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone in the pub,” said Karl.
“It shows we have a great community and we support each other."