A former psychiatric nurse, Aaron Ali, 40, is in court today accused of using his mobility scooter as a “battering ram” to attack a pair of pensioners as they waited at a bus stop, in Welling, Kent.
In CCTV footage of the July 14 incident, Mr. Ali can be seen approaching the bus stop in his motorized wheelchair, before reversing into Doris Collins, 88, and Joan Benjafield, 90.
Prosecutor, James Dean, told Southwark Crown Court that Mr. Ali then used his mobility device “as a battering ram” against the two elderly women, leaving Ms Benjafield with bruises to her calf and ribs and causing Ms. Collins to suffer cuts to her knee.
Mr. Ali denies that he deliberately attacked the two women, claiming his actions were a result of his diabetes and the medication he was taking for his various health conditions, including depression, PTSD and anxiety.
Diabetic Crash Caused Aaron Ali To Mow Down Bus Stop Pensioners
Speaking as a part of his defense, Mr. Ali told the court that on the day of the attack he was not feeling well. He stated, “I was having a diabetic crash. That was what was happening. I was going to Lidl to get food but I was feeling unwell.
“Basically, I am on morphine, a 116 milligrams a day. I would take half the dose and which makes me very drowsy.
“Sometimes you would be moving and you would feel like you are sitting. I would knock thing over. It makes you clumsy like a drunk.”
However, Mr. Ali is also answering charges relating to an earlier incident from January this year, in which he is accused of punching 72-year-old Michael Gibson in a random attack on Woolwich High Street, south east London.
Mobility Scooter Attack Accused Punched Shopper In Separate Incident
Mr. Gibson told the court that on January 2 2018 he was out shopping with his family when he saw Mr. Ali approach in his electric wheelchair.
He claims he saw Mr. Ali coming towards him, and as he stepped out of the path of the wheelchair user, Mr. Ali struck him in the face.
He said: “The blow was upwards, I knew it was a punch because I felt it. Next thing I remember is my son and daughter coming up to me.
The impact from the blow caused the pensioner to fall to ground, but Mr. Gibson was able to get to his feet and catch up with Mr. Ali. When he confronted his assailant, he says Mr. Ali refused to answer as to why he had hit Mr. Gibson.
Mr. Gibson went on to say that after the incident he lit a cigarette and felt part of his front tooth come off.
He added, “I’ve only got three teeth so I did not need to lose another one”
Aaron Ali denies three charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of common assault.
The trial continues.