A HEARTLESS Whitefield thief robbed a vulnerable pensioner as he suffered a fatal heart attack.

The 73-year-old victim had been descending the steps towards Bury Metrolink station at around 11pm on August 15 when went into cardiac arrest.

As he got into difficulties he was approached by robber Danilo Furtado.

Instead of immediately calling for assistance for the pensioner Furtado stole a number of his personal items, including his phone, wallet and gold chain.

Eventually an ambulance was called and the victim was rushed to hospital where he died just over an hour later.

Furtado was later arrested and fully admitted what he had done when interviewed by police.

Today, the 34-year-old offender, of no fixed address, was jailed for 20 months at Manchester Crown Court.

Speaking after the hearing, Detective Constable Dave Potter of GMP’s Bury district said: “Furtado’s actions have shown that he has a complete disrespect for others and I hope this sentencing sends a clear message that this shocking behaviour will not be tolerated.

“Furtado preyed on a vulnerable man as he was suffering from a cardiac arrest and I honestly cannot comprehend that someone would stoop to such levels.

“Today’s result is absolutely welcomed by myself and my colleagues and I would like to thank all whose hard work has resulted in Furtado being put behind bars.”