Wheel chair killer Daniel Sharples sentenced to life in jail
A man who brutally kicked a vulnerable amputee in a wheelchair to death has been jailed for life. Daniel Sharples, a martial arts enthusiast, had been swigging pints of lager and liquor shots from 11am before launching the sickening attack on Michael Mairs, 53.
The incident took place in front of several witnesses underneath a railway bridge.
Killer Sharples, 38, tipped Mr Mairs out of his wheelchair and kicked him in the head and face, even as he lay unconscious on the ground.
The well-built thug tried to convince detectives that Mr Mairs had supplied his 15-year-old son with Spice or heroin, leaving him in a coma, but it was a complete fabrication.
The court heard after Sharples was arrested, he ranted at police: ‘Why don’t you do your job and go and clear all these smackheads off the estate in the f***ing town centre.’
He later claimed he was high on Valium, but still boasted about his violence, telling officers: ‘I’m glad I did it and I’ll do it again.’
Sharples also viciously attacked two other men under the bridge.
Before his arrest, Sharples was seen changing his outer clothing as he tried to slip through a pub beer garden to escape police. Mr Mairs, a much-loved dad-of-two and granddad, suffered from poor health including chronic alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver and deep vein thrombosis, which led to the partial amputation of his left leg. He died three weeks after the attack in Warrington town centre on October 28, 2019. Sharples, of Grisedale Avenue, Orford, Warrington, admitted manslaughter but was convicted of murder by a jury.
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