CRIME victim Micky Evans has been given fresh hope after generous readers of The News donated more than £1,000 to replace his stolen life savings.
The 71-year-old former dock worker was left with nothing when drug addict Paul Cox snatched a bag containing £9,000 from the front of his mobility scooter.
Mr Evans – who has an inoperable tumour, has had a leg amputated and suffers from Parkinson’s – received the money as compensation after contracting asbestosis and was saving it to pass on to his daughter.
To add insult to injury, Portsmouth Crown Court ordered Cox to pay back just £1 of the cash he stole, leaving his victim penniless.
The court was unable to make Cox pay more because he has spent all the money.
But when members of the public read about Mr Evans’s despair they opened their hearts and money started to flow in.
Graham Jeffery, 66, of George Street in Gosport, donated £100 and said: ‘It was disgusting and disgraceful what happened to him.
‘I am not a rich person but I’ve given what I can because that’s the right thing to do.
‘If this helps Mr Evans see more of his daughter then it will have done some real good.’
Mr Evans’s daughter lives in Newcastle and he spent the last of his money so she cold come and visit him.
One Portsmouth couple – who did not wish to be named – also gave £100 and said they couldn’t just stand by and do nothing.
‘It makes you realise how fortunate we are,’ they said.
‘But if something like this ever happened to a member of our family, then we would hope people would do the same.
‘What happened to Micky just wasn’t right. He deserves all the help we can give.’
Detective Constable Chris Dinenage said one member of the public had donated £500 to Mr Evans
He said: ‘People have been so giving.
‘I hope more people come forward and this grows into something really positive for Micky.’
Mr Evans said the support of our readers and people in his community was overwhelming.
‘It is more than I could have hoped for,’ he said.
‘All I can say is thank you. This has been the darkest period in my life, but to have such an outpouring of kindness has given me a light at the end of the tunnel.
‘All it does is show that for every evil criminal like Paul Cox there are far more good people out there.’