Jail for shoplifter who broke shop worker's arm in three places

Jail for shoplifter who broke shop worker's arm in three places

By David Parker | 17/11/2021

Jail for shoplifter who broke shop worker's arm in three places


A SHOPLIFTER attacked a retail worker who tried to stop him from stealing washing detergent and broke his arm in three places.

Lewis Edwards (19) left the shop assistant with such significant injuries he was scared to go back to work, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Mr Aaron Dinnes, prosecuting, told the court on Tuesday (16) that Edwards had gone to the McColl’s store on Oaks Lane, Kimberworth, on November 8 last year and tried to steal three packets of washing detergent.

The shop worker had spotted Edwards taking the items on CCTV and confronted him, said Mr Dinnes, and had followed the thief out of the store.

When he confronted Edwards, the shoplifter had punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground.

Mr Dinnes added: “Unfortunately, he (the victim) falls to the floor with such force it causes significant injury to his arm.

The shop worker said he had felt “immense pain” in his left arm and wrist.

A scan revealed his arm was broken in three places and he required two operations, Mr Dinnes said.

He said the fractures had left the shop worker with scars and long-term damage and he had been apprehensive about going back to work.

Edwards, of Rawmarsh Hill, Parkgate, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent at a previous hearing in October.

He has 34 convictions for 71 previous offences, including three of violence, the court heard.

Mitigating, Ms Laura Marshall, said Edwards had not gone to the store that day to attack anyone.

She said she accepted that the attack on the shop worker had been entirely unprovoked.

Ms Marshall said Edwards had a very troubled background and he had self-medicated with drugs.

“His intention is to become a positive, law-abiding member of society who will not trouble these courts again,” she said.

Jailing Edwards for 16 months, Recorder Mr Peter Hampton said: “[Your assault] caused him significant injuries and you walked off.

“He was bleeding and his arm was broken in three places.

“An immediate custodial sentence must follow given the serious nature of this offence.”



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