Jail for thug who stabbed shop­keeper with bot­tle

Would-be thief se­tenced to 10 years for ‘vi­cious as­sault’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A 32-year-old man from Ruis­lip has been jailed for 10 years after he bru­tally at­tacked an Uxbridge shop­keeper by smash­ing a bot­tle over his head and stab­bing him with it.

On June 6, John Dono­van walked into the shop in Moor­field Road at around 8.17pm and tried to steal two bot­tles.

The shop­keeper con­fronted Dono­van, who then set about vi­ciously at­tack­ing the 56-year-old with one of the bot­tles.

Dono­van was convicted and sen­tenced at Isle­worth Crown Court on Fri­day De­cem­ber 2 to 10 years in prison for the shock­ing at­tack.

After a pub­lic ap­peal was launched, Dono­van was ar­rested two days after the at­tack and was charged with caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The vic­tim suf­fered a gash just above his eye­brow that only nar­rowly missed his eye, which med­i­cal staff said he was lucky not to lose.

He was hos­pi­talised for a week after the aw­ful at­tack.

Dono­van had smashed one of the bot­tles over his head, and then con­tin­ued to stab him with the bro­ken end of the bot­tle.

The vic­tim was rushed to a west Lon­don hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Peter Boyd from Hilling­don CID, who led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “This was a par­tic­u­larly vi­cious as­sault which has left the vic­tim with sig­nif­i­cant and last­ing in­juries.

“I am pleased the cul­prit has been brought to book.”

Dono­van had pleaded not guilty to the of­fence but was found guilty after a trial.

JAILED: John Dono­van at­tacked a shop­keeper in Cow­ley Photo: Metropoli­tan Po­lice

COR­DONED OFF: Moor­field Road, after the at­tack took place Photo: Val Har­vey

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