Carjacker who left man wheelchair bound found guilty of assault
A carjacker who left a 79-year-old man wheelchair-bound has been found guilty of robbery, assault, burglary and witness intimidation.
Andrew Jones caused Reg Stocking to suffer critical head injuries after stealing his car in West Bromwich, West Midlands, in May this year.
West Midlands Police said Jones, 34, of Dingle Street, Oldbury, lay in wait as Mr Stocking moved his Peugeot in to a gated driveway.
The offender, who was convicted by a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court, jumped into the vehicle as the victim opened the gate and drove off, dragging him along the road.
The car was then used as a getaway vehicle after a break-in in the Tipton area, a police spokesman said. Jones will be sentenced on December 4.
Detective Inspector Pete Rowe, from West Bromwich CID, said: "Jones had no thought for the man he left lying critically ill in the road.
"He was so callous in his actions that only hours after the robbery he committed a burglary, using the stolen car.
"He planned his crimes and lay in wait for the man and his wife to return home from an evening out.
"Through hard work and help from the public, who were obviously outraged by this crime, we have today successfully secured a conviction. We hope that this will give some comfort to the family as their loved one continues to recover from his ordeal and injuries."