Karl Dean was attacked in Hull (Image: Hull Live/MEN MEDIA)
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A vile thug who tipped a disabled man out of his wheelchair while on a night out has been slammed by a judge as he was jailed.
Karl Dean and two friends had been enjoying a night out drinking at The Bank pub in Hull in August last year before the appalling attack.
The trio were on their way home when they were approached by 20-year-old Alex Proctor.
Karl – who lives with cerebral palsy – uses an electric wheelchair which enhances his mobility and features a computer which allows him to talk, Hull Live reports.
As his friend had broken her arm, Karl played the sound of a siren, telling her he would take her to hospital – something which alarmed Proctor, who told the group "Don't come and get me" and "I have schizophrenia you better watch out".
He then ran towards Mr Dean and pulled his wheelchair to the ground before running from the scene.
Karl was tipped from his wheelchair
(Image: Hull Live/MEN MEDIA)
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Mr Dean banged his head on the floor and was left unconscious on the ground for around 10 to 15 seconds before his friends managed to return him to the chair which was severely damaged.
He was left with horrific injuries, which included a gash to his forehead, a swollen left eye, cuts to his nose and bruises to his left leg.
Prosecutor Rachel Scott told Hull Crown Court on Monday that soon after at The Crooked Billet pub, Proctor turned on a friend.
She said: "It was just after midnight and a group were approached by the defendant in the beer garden. He asked for a fag and sat down on the bench.
"He made a phone call and walked away when the group said, 'Cheerio,' which seemed to anger him.
"He told one of the men that he had outstayed his welcome. When the man said he hadn't the defendant then picked up a plastic toolbox that was there and struck him to the side of his head before running off."
Proctor was later identified for both crimes and arrested.
Alex Proctor was jailed for the crime
He also appeared at the court to be sentenced for a bizarre set of crimes in June and July last year.
The court heard that on June 6 a woman – who was exempt from wearing a mask – boarded a bus and was questioned by Proctor.
The pair got into an argument and Proctor was told by the bus driver to leave, at the same time the woman was disembarking.
Ms Scott told the court that Proctor headbutted the driver's cab and spat at the woman.
Just a month later on July 6, Proctor was arguing with his mother when he began jumping on his stepfather's car and then attacked an ice cream van.
Ms Scott told the court: "A man who was in the street saw him jumping on the car. The defendant shouted, 'What the f*** are you looking at?" And swung a punch at him.
"His mum came and told the man he has mental health issues and had to jump on his back but he continued to shout in the street.
"He then went to the ice cream van. He took a bottle from his bag and threw it at the window. He then took a heavier item and threw that before punching the passenger side of the van.
"The driver got out. The defendant stepped away and as the driver got back in the defendant ran to the driver's side and punched the window, broke it and took the wing mirror off before headbutting the vehicle which drove off."
Proctor had previous convictions for criminal damage and battery.
Richard Thompson, defending Proctor, told the court the defendant suffered issues with his mental health and had a traumatic childhood.
A pre-sentence report and psychiatric report were commissioned for the hearing on Monday.
Mr Thompson said: "At the time of the offences Alex Proctor was suffering from a chronic mental health crisis.
"Witnesses described his behaviour as bizarre and some of the comments he made suggest that his level of culpability was significantly influenced by his mental health problems, caused by very serious trauma in his childhood.
"The assessment of him as being motivated by hostility towards Mr Dean by his disability – no one in their right mind would have behaved in that way towards him because of the obvious problems he has."
Mr Thompson said the attack was committed against the wheelchair because of the siren noise – and not Mr Dean himself.
He said: "The comments he made were upon seeing and hearing the wheelchair coming towards him playing the sirens.
'It is clear that the explanation for his behaviour is that something was disturbing his mind."
Recorder Barnett nevertheless described the attack on Mr Dean as "appalling" and jailed Proctor for two years and nine months.
He said: "This is an offence that would offend any right thinking member of the public.
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"The group were returning home laughing and in high spirits.
"You were hanging about and after the group passed you you ran up, grabbing the wheelchair and pulling it to the ground.
"What's worse is that you seem to have an awareness of your own difficulties – this was seen by the things you said at the scene by you showing you were to some degree in control of your own behaviour.
"The public have to know that vulnerable members of the public have the protection of the courts."