Would-be robber is jailed for 'frenzied' knife attack at shop in Grimsby
A VIOLENT knife attacker who viciously stabbed a shop worker during a terrifying drug-crazed raid has been jailed for six years.
The menacing would-be robber repeatedly plunged the knife into the helpless victim's arm so quickly that he at first did not even realise he had been stabbed, a court heard.
Daniel Thompson, 27, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Nunsthorpe estate, Grimsby, admitted attempted robbery and possessing a kitchen knife as an offensive weapon on July 24.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Thompson pulled out a knife and jabbed it several times at a shop assistant in an "extremely fast-moving incident that was over in a matter of seconds".
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The first that the 34-year-old man, who was working at Cartergate News, Grimsby, knew about the attack was when he felt a sharp pain in his arm. He suffered four puncture stab wounds on his upper arm and later needed 12 stitches.
Thompson did not say anything – and did not steal anything – but seemed angry.
He ran out of the shop shortly after 10.30am, but later handed himself in at the police station at about 1pm and told officers he had committed a "knifepoint robbery".
He told police he had thrown the knife away on waste ground in Littlefield Lane and it was later recovered from there. He expressed remorse immediately and tested positively for cocaine.
Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said Thompson acted entirely out of character and had no previous convictions for violence, apart from a caution for a public order matter.
He had been out of trouble for about ten years after turning his back on bad associates at the age of 17. His only explanation for the attempted robbery was that he had been taking cocaine the night before and during the morning.
"Shop owners should not have to put up with this sort of thing and being frightened," said Mr Bailey. "It was unsophisticated and he wore no disguise."
Thompson had shown genuine remorse and had said: "No words can say how sorry I am."
Judge David Tremberg condemned the premeditated "irrational and frenzied attack" in which Thompson repeatedly stabbed the victim's upper arm.
"It's a matter of pure good fortune that, in your state and using a knife like this on the complainant, it didn't result in grave or possibly even fatal injury to your unfortunate victim," he said.