Shopkeeper overpowers knife-wielding robber by hitting him… with a bottle of WINE

November 20, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

This is the heroic moment a fearless shop worker disarmed a knife wielding robber – by hitting him with a bottle of wine.

Dramatic CCTV images captured the shop assistant, who is only known as Raja, wrestle the balaclava-wearing thug to the floor.

The dramatic 3.38 minute-long clip shows the thief burst into Dartmouth Food and Wine in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., at 9pm on September 22.

Raja the shop assistant grapples with Christopher Hall

Raja the shop assistant grapples with Christopher Hall

Dartmouth Street Shop in Burslem where the attack robbery happened

Dartmouth Street Shop in Burslem where the attack robbery happened

CCTV captures the moment Hall bursts into the shop and hurls items at Raja

CCTV captures the moment Hall bursts into the shop and hurls items at Raja

As the yob tries to run out of the shop, Raja bravely blocks the thief who frantically tries to stab him with a knife.

As the pair wrestle, Raja manages to rip off the yob’s balaclava revealing his face. He is later identified as robber Christopher Hall, 29.

Hall, who escaped with just three packets of cigarettes, was traced after he cut his hand and his blood was found on the till providing a DNA match.

He pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for three years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Monday.

Jailing Hall, Judge Granville Styler said: “This was an unpleasant robbery.

Raja first grabs a bottle of water and throws it at the intruder

Raja first grabs a bottle of water and throws it at the intruder

“You targeted a vulnerable shop worker, you used a weapon to threaten the victim and you used considerable violence when disguised with a balaclava.”

The footage shows Hall trying to escape by hurling a stand of greetings cards at Raja who manages to grab a bottle of red wine from a shelf which he then uses to defend himself.

Incredibly, at one heart-stopping moment Hall lunges at Raja with the knife but the shop assistant blocks it with the bottle causing the blade to snap off.

Both men leave the store before Hall, from Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, calmly walks back in and tries to force open the till with his broken knife.

This angle shows Raja from behind raising the bottle of red wine about to strike the thug with it

This angle shows Raja from behind raising the bottle of red wine about to strike the thug with it

Hall cowers on the ground after being hit round the head with the bottle of wine

Hall cowers on the ground after being hit round the head with the bottle of wine

Prosecuting, Heather Chamberlin, told the court: “The worker pulled at the robber’s balaclava and was able to see the man was white.

“He grabbed a wine bottle and told the man to go.”

Raja then hit Hall with the bottle before running into the street for help and raising the alarm.

Christopher Hal pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for three years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court

Christopher Hal pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for three years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court

Miss Chamberlin added: “He looked through the shop door and saw the man trying to open the till with the broken knife. He told him to stop and said somebody was coming.

“The man came out of the shop stuffing something in his pocket. He took three packets of cigarettes.”

Brave Raja was left traumatised and no longer works at the shop.

But in a statement, he said: “I believed he was going to kill me. I will never forget this incident.”

Student Majuran Kathirkanathan (corr), 26, whose family own the shop, said: “There have been cases of people trying to run off with spirits before but nothing as violent as this.

“The worker was in the back filling up stock when the robber first came into the shop.

“He had a knife with him which he tried to stab the assistant with but luckily he missed.

“The worker managed to pull off the robber’s mask so he was trying to hide his face from the cameras.

“He rang me to say he had been attacked and we told him to close the shop straight away. We were worried for him but he kept saying that he wasn’t hurt.

“We are very happy that he has been jailed for three years.”

The court heard Hall – who has written a letter of apology to his victim – had lost his job, home and relationship before the raid.

Kevin Mortlock, defending, said Hall had “no intention of harming” the shopkeeper.

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