Thug Darren McGillvary jailed for hitting man in wheelchair
Oct 23 2009 By Dave Himelfield
A THUG who hit a man in a wheelchair, breaking his jaw, has been jailed.
Darren McGillvary, 34, of Lees Close, Dalton, was yesterday sentenced to eight months in prison after slapping Richard Keegan.
Bradford Crown Court heard 15-stone McGillvary had hit Mr Keegan, 42, with back of his hand knocking him from his wheelchair and onto the ground.
The incident took place outside Mr Keegan’s home in February following an argument between the two.
Mr Keegan, who is wheelchair-bound after losing a leg, had accused McGillvary of stealing from him when McGillvary lashed out cracking the left side of Mr Keegan’s jaw and loosening a crown in his mouth.
Yesterday passing sentence Judge Jonathan Rose described the assault as a “cowardly attack on an extremely vulnerable man”.
The court was told the pair had become acquainted around 2008 and Mr Keegan would lend unemployed McGillvary money.
On finding items missing from his home Mr Keegan called McGillvary a thief when an argument started.