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Disabled man ‘rammed’ two OAPs at bus stop and ‘punched’ pensioner

Ram raid: CCTV clip shows Aaron Ali reverse wheelchair into Joan Benjafield, knocking her to the ground PICTURE: CENTRAL NEWS

A DISABLED man used his mobility scooter as a ‘battering ram’ to knock over two elderly women waiting at a bus stop, a court heard.

Aaron Ali allegedly reversed over Joan Benjafield, 90, then 88-year-old Doris Collins in his electric wheelchair — pushing them both to the ground.

CCTV footage shows the 40-year-old driving past the pensioners before stopping. He then reverses into Ms Benjafield, who was facing away from him, knocking her over. She bruised her calf and ribs in the fall.

… and again: He then hits Doris Collins

Seconds later, Mr Ali reverses into Ms Collins. She stumbles over Ms Benjafield, still lying on the pavement, and cuts her knee.

Getaway: Driving past the pair to escape

The former psychiatric nurse is also accused of punching Michael Gibson in the face in another random attack.

The 72-year-old victim stepped aside to let Mr Ali pass in his wheelchair and received a blow to the face, said prosecutor James Dean.

Mr Gibson(pictured below) lost part of his tooth in the attack in Woolwich High Street, south-east London. ‘I’ve only got three teeth, so I did not need to lose another one,’ he said.

Mr Gibson confronted Mr Ali after the January 2 attack, but said he ‘kept looking ahead’ and ignored him. He then sped off.

But Mr Ali, of Thamesmead, south-east London, claimed Mr Gibson assaulted him by running at him with a trolley.

‘I thought he was going to crash into me. I had my arm up to brace my face,’ he told Southwark crown court.

He also said he was having a ‘diabetic crash’ and ‘feeling unwell’ when hit the two ladies in Welling, Kent, on June 14.

Mr Ali, who claimed he was left disabled for life after being attacked by a former patient, said the medication he takes made him feel ‘very drowsy’.

He said he remembers hitting something with his chair, but thought it was the bus stop. ‘I turned to see two ladies on the floor. I knew my wheelchair had something to do with it. I was scared. I drove off,’ he added.

He denies three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of common assault. The trial continues.