William Dufty is shattered by the loss of his only means of transport.
William Dufty is shattered by the loss of his only means of transport. Trevor Veale

Thieves leave William in despair

NOT only did they steal a disabled pensioner’s mobility scooter but with it, his only means of living an independent existence.

William Dufty hasn’t been able to walk for three years. He started paying off the Sportster mobility scooter 15 months ago and was half way to finalising payments on the $4500 device.

For more than a year, he has secured the scooter with lock and chain to a railing outside his Coffs Harbour home but last Thursday night, sometime between 9pm and 2am, thieves dismantled parts of the scooter to release it from the rail, before taking off with it.

“I am shattered. The scooter allowed me to be independent, I could go to the plaza and do my food shopping or go to the doctor,” Mr Dufty said.

“The loss means I have to rely on other people to do day-to-day things.

“I’m not managing and it’s not OK. How can anybody do that?

“I always leave it out there because I can’t fit it inside and now I have to go back to using my wheelchair and relying on assistance.”

Mr Dufty said the scooter was one of three in Coffs Harbour and should be easily recognised.

It is a black trike, with chrome wheels, no hood and the model is a Sportster SE.

Anyone with information should contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299.



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