A robber stabbed a store manager in the thigh during a raid at a Co-op, a court heard.

Robert Stephenson was working in the stock room of the shop in Brunswick Street, Westborough, Dewsbury, about 8pm on June 1 last year when another member of staff told him a robbery was taking place.

Chloe Hudson, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court she had alerted Mr Stephenson after seeing two men with their hoods up walk towards the tills and jump on the counter where another member of staff pressed the alarm before contacting the police.

Mr Stephenson ran into the shop to see what has happening and one of the raiders, Mark Lee Hendry immediately approached him holding a small black handled knife.

The manager grabbed hold of him and they struggled together for a few minutes when Mr Stephenson felt himself falling to one side and described something hitting his thigh. He later realised he had been stabbed.

As he slumped to the floor Hendry was shouting at him. He then stamped on him while he was lying injured on the floor and also kicked him in the back.

Co-operative Food store, Brunswick Street, Dewsbury.

Meanwhile the second raider Phillip John Mason had grabbed cash and cigarettes before the pair fled but they were later recognised from CCTV footage by another member of staff who knew them and had seen them outside the store half an hour before the raid.

Mr Stephenson was taken to Dewsbury District Hospital where he was found to have two centimetre deep wound which needed surgery the next day.

Both were arrested at an address in Dewsbury and denied they were the robbers. On June 9 Hendry attended at the Lifeline drugs counselling service in Dewsbury to see a drug worker and became unwell.

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He was taken into a private room because he was having difficulties breathing and it was noted he had a small steak knife tucked his waistband which was taken from him.

Anastasis Tassou, For Hendry, said drugs were at the root of his offending at that time. He was now drug free which would reduce his risk for the future on his release.

Kathryn Stuckey, for Mason, said he was the victim of an attack in 2013 when he had been stabbed with a Samurai sword landing him in intensive care for five weeks. “After that he went downhill.”

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

He was also using heroin at the time of his offences and had not anticipated Hendry’s use of a knife expecting only “a smash and grab.”

Hendry, 27, of no fixed address, admitted robbery, wounding Mr Stephenson with intent, possessing an offensive weapon and having a bladed article. He also asked for 26 other offences including burglary, theft and robbery to be taken into consideration.

Jailing him for 10 years with five years extended licence on his release, Judge Tom Bayliss QC said he considered him a risk to the public.

Mason, 40, of Weavers Brook, Cumberland Close, Ovenden, Halifax, admitted the robbery in which £670 was stolen and admitted being in breach of suspended sentences for burglary.

He asked for 65 other offences including burglary, theft and criminal damage to be taken into consideration. He was sentenced to 64 months for the robbery with 16 months consecutive from his suspended sentences, a total sentence of six years eight months.