Homeless man robs retired, 89, of hundreds of dollars in daylight attack – and victim gets hurt while trying to chase criminal
- Ajay Kuman stole Joe Zahra’s wallet after he had taken money from an ATM
- The 25-year-old followed the pensioner one kilometer before he made his move
- His lawyer said the homeless man had lost his job at a car wash
The dramatic moment when an 89-year-old retired person was robbed by a homeless man was captured with a security camera.
Joe Zahra pulled money from an ATM in Toongabbie in western Sydney on Monday, and did not know that he was being followed after he retired.
Ajay Kuman had followed the pensioner for more than a kilometer to a park in Girraween.
The 25-year-old snuck behind Mr Zahra in the park and grabbed his wallet with $ 550 from his back pocket before he walked away.
CCTV has recorded the moment when Ajay Kuman stole Joe Zahra’s wallet in a park in Girraween in Sydney
Mr. Zahra tried to chase the thief, but was wounded.
“I tried to chase him a little, but he was young and I am too old,” said Mr. Zahra 9News.
Mr. Kuman appeared in court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the theft of the pensioner.
He was homeless for two weeks after losing his job at a car wash due to water restrictions.
Mr. Kuman’s lawyer told the courtroom that his client could not pay $ 140 a week in rent and saw Mr. Zahra’s money as a solution to his problem.
Mr. Zahra said that if he had known his situation, he would have shook hands with the thief.
“I would have just helped him, I would say $ 50 or $ 20, but not $ 500,” Mr. Zahra said.
The case will return to court next week.
Mr. Kuman’s lawyer said his homeless client saw an opportunity for cash through Mr. Zahra