Mohammed Mohamoed (photo right), a MUSLIM illegal from Egypt, was jailed today for breaking the neck of a young ballet star in a violent street mugging. Doctors feared Jack Widdowson, 19, would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair after being robbed for his mobile phone on a night out. He was found unconscious on a canal path and paralyzed after being targeted in the robbery of his iPhone.
UK Daily Mail His attacker Mohammed Mohamoed, 27, was jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of attacking Mr Widdowson. Egyptian-born Mohamoed will be deported from the country when he is released from prison. (Yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it)
Miraculously, nine months later Mr Widdowson (photo left) – an apprentice with the Bern Ballet in Switzerland – had fought back to full health due to his extreme fitness, strength and flexibility. Judge Justice Wyn Williams told the Muslim: ‘You are a dangerous offender. You caused Jack extremely serious injury and he was very fortunate he didn’t suffer permanent, devastating effects. ’You left him lying in the street which was callous in the extreme. Much credit is due to the young man who came across him and helped him and the medical staff who treated him afterwards. ’You will be subject to an automatic deportation when you have served your sentence – that will be in the hands of the home office.’
Mr Widdowson, one of the youngest apprentices to be taken on by the Swiss company Bern:Ballet, was attacked while visiting his brother who is studying at Cardiff University. The day before the attack he had his ‘big break’ when he was called up as an understudy for a leading ballet role.
But Cardiff Crown Court heard his night came to a violent end when he was attacked by Mohamoed who took his Apple iPhone and left him for dead in the street. A jury was shown a video interview with the rising star, from Bath, Somerset, as he lay in a hospital bed wearing a neck brace after the attack.
The court heard that minutes after the alleged attack Mohamoed was seen laughing and joking in the city centre, even kicking a football around with a group of boys. Unemployed Mohamoed was later arrested at his home in Splott, Cardiff. The court heard Mohamoed was born in Egypt and his parents, who are farmers, still live there.
He drifted through Europe first moving to Italy before settling in Cardiff where he falsely claimed to be a Palestinian refugee. Mohamoed lied to the UK border agency giving them a fake name and date of birth – he later tried to mislead the police in the same way.
Prosecutor Michael Mather-Lees QC told Mohamoed: ‘You broke his neck, then you lied to police because you realised you had committed a dreadful offence.’ Mohamoed was caught on CCTV prowling Cardiff city centre looking for a victim to attack.
Mr Widdowson was one of the youngest apprentices to be taken on by the Swiss company Bern
He admitted meeting Widdowson and stealing his mobile phone which he later used to make a call to a friend in Italy before selling it at a market. But he denied attempted murder and told the court the young ballet dancer was unharmed when he left him in the dark alleyway in Cardiff Bay.
Mohamoed, who admitted theft, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and jailed for 13 years. After the case his parents Julian and Celia, who have since set up a charity called the Dance Again Foundation, praised Jack for his recovery.
‘Amazingly Mr Widdowson, who is such a talented young man, has made a full recovery and we are delighted that he is back dancing again.