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Pictured: Thug, 23, moments before he stabbed Good Samaritan

Pictured: Thug, 23, moments before he stabbed Good Samaritan who went to help supermarket staff grappling with him as he tried to steal bottles of whisky

  • Connor Beckett, 23, was today jailed for 12 years for stabbing a man in his 50s
  • Beckett was pictured clutching the knife in his hand as he fell to the ground
  • Seconds after the picture was taken on CCTV, the knifeman stabbed his victim
  • Beckett was found guilty at an earlier trial of grievous bodily harm with intent

A thug has been pictured moments before he stabbed a Good Samaritan who slammed the attempted thief to the ground for trying to steal two bottles of whisky. 

Connor Beckett, 23, was today jailed for 12 years for stabbing the man, in his 50s, in the stomach at a Sainsbury’s in Poole, Dorset, at around 4.35pm on Monday, February 10 last year.

Beckett was seen clutching a knife in his hand as the shopper took him to the ground. Seconds after the image was captured on CCTV, the knifeman plunged the weapon into the man’s abdomen.

An accomplice, Jack Torpey, 22, was also given eight months in prison on Wednesday, November 4, after admitting affray and theft.

Connor Beckett, 23, was seen clutching a knife in his hand as the shopper took him to the ground. Seconds after the image was captured on CCTV, the knifeman plunged the weapon into the man

Beckett (pictured) was today jailed for 12 years for stabbing the man, in his 50s, in the stomach at a Sainsbury's in Poole, Dorset, at around 4.35pm on Monday, February 10 last year

Beckett (pictured) was today jailed for 12 years for stabbing the man, in his 50s, in the stomach at a Sainsbury’s in Poole, Dorset, at around 4.35pm on Monday, February 10 last year

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: ‘At around 4.35pm the two defendants entered a Sainsbury’s in Poole and placed a number of bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey in a shopping basket.

‘They attempted to leave the store without paying and were spoken to by staff. 

‘Beckett became aggressive and punched a staff member in the face, knocking them to the floor.

‘One of the staff members went to restrain Torpey as a male member of the public, who was entering the shop, went to assist by attempting to restrain Beckett.

‘The pair ended up struggling on the floor and Beckett produced a knife from his pocket and was able to get back to his feet.

‘A wallet belonging to the member of the public had fallen to the floor in the altercation. Beckett picked it up and the man grabbed hold of him to try to get back.

‘Beckett managed to free himself and stabbed the man to the left side of his abdomen. The defendants then left the scene, taking a bottle of whiskey and the wallet with them.’

Beckett was found guilty at an earlier trial at the same court of grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a bladed article in a public place.

He previously admitted two charges of theft.

An accomplice, Jack Torpey (pictured), 22, was also given eight months in prison on Wednesday, November 4, after admitting affray and theft

An accomplice, Jack Torpey (pictured), 22, was also given eight months in prison on Wednesday, November 4, after admitting affray and theft

The victim, aged in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment to the stab wound, as well as injuries to his hand and head. He remained in intensive care for a week, a judge heard.

Sitting at Bournemouth Crown Court the judge heard that the offenders went on to use victim’s bank cards a number of times that evening and the following day, carrying some successful transactions but also failing to pay for items several times.

Detective Sergeant Garry Knight, of Bournemouth CID, said: ‘The violence displayed by Jack Torpey, and particularly by Connor Beckett, was shocking and the actions of the shop staff and members of the public at the scene were truly courageous in the face of that.

‘I would like to thank these people not only for the courage they displayed on the day but also for supporting the investigation and giving evidence in court.

‘Thanks to the assistance of these individuals, we were able to bring these men to justice for their crimes.

‘I especially want to praise the victim, who suffered a horrific injury as a result of his heroic attempts to assist the shop staff.’ 

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