A man who attacked a Lenton shopkeeper with a hammer during a robbery has been jailed for nine years.
Kosav Mohammadi, 26, of Dexter Street, Derby, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, assault with intent to rob, having an article with a blade or point and having an offensive weapon.
Armed with a knife and hammer, Mohammadi entered the Best One convenience store, on Derby Road, Lenton, at around 11pm on 1 May 2019.
A member of the public went into the store and saw Mohammadi attacking the shopkeeper. He left the store and quickly called 999 before going back inside.
He saw the shopkeeper was on the ground with Mohammadi over the top of her. She was grabbing at Mohammadi as she tried to protect herself.
He noticed she had blood on her face and she shouted for help several times.
The witness shouted that he’d called the police who were on their way and he saw something being thrown across the store, believing this may have been a hammer.
The shopkeeper managed to get up from the floor and left the store, with Mohammadi still inside and holding a hammer.
The shopkeeper and the witness held the shop door shut to try and keep Mohammadi inside but they moved back after he smashed it with the hammer.
Mohammadi left the store and threw the hammer towards the shopkeeper, who was sheltered behind a car, before he ran off.
Police arrived on scene and with help from the member of the public, were able to identify and arrest Mohammadi.
The shopkeeper suffered a number of injuries during the incident which required hospital treatment. These included a slash wound to her knee and to her arm, cuts to her head and injuries to her throat and neck.
Speaking after Mohammadi was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 8 October 2019), Detective Constable Steven Fenyn said: “I’d like to commend the victim for her immense bravery and the member of the public for his assistance and helping us to swiftly identify and detain this dangerous offender.
“Mohammadi’s violent attack left the victim with nasty injuries which required hospital treatment.
“I hope that now he’s been locked up for a significant amount of time and is now off our streets it brings her some comfort.
“Nottinghamshire Police treats robbery very seriously and our new dedicated robbery team, supported by other sections, are focused on tackling and reducing this type of crime and having a positive impact on community safety.”