MASKED MAN WHO CARRIED OUT FEROCIOUS ATTACK ON SHOP WORKER JAILED
A man has been jailed for a ‘ferocious’ attack on a shop worker. Matthew Welch, aged 26, of Porthcawl, was jailed for six years and five months at Cardiff Crown Court on January the 3rd.
He pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit robbery. The court heard, Welch entered the Premiere Store, Dinam Street, in Nant-y-moel, on March the 9th, 2018, at around 8.15pm, wearing a mask and carrying a wooden stick.
He then jumps behind the shop counter and starts hitting the shop worker in the head and upper body with the stick. The attack moved from behind the counter where Welch continues to beat the shop worker; striking him so hard that his stick snaps in half. The shop worker was able to fend off the attacker who then fled the scene.
The worker received bruising, bumps and swelling to the forehead, along with pain to his jaw and hairline. He suffered with severe headaches after the attack. The judge during sentencing also imposed an indefinite restraining order on Welch.
Detective Constable Neville Evans said:
“This was a ferocious attack with a weapon on a lone shop worker. I would like to commend the bravery of the shop worker and say thank-you to him and the community who provided vital information which helped ensure Welch’s conviction.
“This sentence sends out a clear message that these offences will not be tolerated in Bridgend County Borough and we will always work to ensure offenders are brought to justice.”