Confronted by robber brandishing a knife, Cambridge court hears how Sainsbury's shop worker fought back and grabbed the weapon from his assailant's hand
PUBLISHED: 16:15 18 March 2019
A heroic shop worker confronted a robber brandishing, removed a knife from his assailant and pulled the scarf off his face before fleeing with just a bottle of beer, a court heard.
Stefan Clark, of Trinity Close, Bottisham, brandished a knife at the male member of staff at Sainsbury’s in Trumpington, near Cambridge, and demanded money from the till during the afternoon of January 25.
The 39 year old dragged the knife down the shop manager’s arm and punched him in the face but he fought back and managed to take the knife off Clark and pull the scarf off his face, exposing him to the shop’s CCTV.
Clark left the shop with one bottle of beer, but later rang the police and admitted to attempting to rob the shop.
During police interview he claimed he couldn’t remember exactly what he had done that day, however, he went on to plead guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at court.
At Cambridge Crown Court last Tuesday (March 12) he was sentenced to 32 months and 16 months respectively, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Detective Constable Karen Lunn said: “Thankfully, the victim has managed to escape without injury but this was a terrifying incident which left him shaken and shocked.”