A disabled Dundee teenager who can have up to 10 epileptic fits a day has slammed the “callous thug” who set fire to his mobility scooter.
Gary Deasley, 19, from Douglas — who also suffers from cerebral palsy — was gifted the scooter last year when Dundee United players turned up out of the blue to hand it over to him.
But he has been left without the machine after it was damaged beyond repair in a fire at a back garden in the Happyhillock area — where it had been kept while Gary was abroad.
The teenager told the Tele that the loss of the “life-changing” scooter had left him a virtual prisoner in his own home.
He said: “Whoever did this wants to try living in my shoes for a day.
“The loss of this mobility scooter has left me virtually housebound.
“It means I have lost my independence and am once more having to rely on friends and family to help me get out and about.
“All I’m doing now is sitting at home in my room getting more and more depressed.”
The scooter had been given to Gary as a charitable gift.
He said: “The gift of the scooter made all the difference to me.
“It meant that I could finally have a bit of independence and freedom, but now that it’s been destroyed because someone set it on fire, that’s all gone again.
“I tried to go out last week without it and I ended up having a bad epileptic fit and being taken to hospital with a broken nose and a badly bashed-up face.
“I feel I’m right back to square one before I was given the scooter.”
Gary’s mum Yvonne Worsley said she couldn’t believe that someone could be so cruel as to set the scooter alight.
She said: “When he got the scooter it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for Gary.
“It was life-changing for him. Before he never left the house because he was afraid he would have a fit.
“The scooter gave him the confidence to head out and about on his own.
“He has been bullied all his life because of his condition but things were starting to get better for him. If I could get my hands on the callous thug who did this I don’t know what I would do to them.
“They don’t know the harm they have done.”
The fire happened on May 27 in Westcroft Road.
Yvonne said she didn’t know who was behind the act but urged anyone who had information about the incident to contact her or police.