Nazi obsessive 'chased Asian dentist through supermarket and attacked him with machete and claw hammer'
Published 26/06/2015 | 08:05
A man "inspired" by Isis murderer "Jihadi John" has been found guilty of attempting to murder an Asian dentist in a racially-motivated attack.
Zack Davies, 26, shouted "White Power" and "I did it for Lee Rigby" as he targeted his 24-year-old victim with a machete and a claw hammer at a Tesco supermarket in Mold, North Wales, on January 14.
Davies, from Mold, was said to have caused Dr Sarandev Bhambra "very severe" injuries to the left hand, his back and head which were described as life-changing.
The incident happened while the dentist was shopping at the store during his lunch break, Mold Crown Court heard.
Witnesses reported seeing a white man chasing an Asian man through the store with a knife and hammer. Davies was only stopped when a member of the public, former serviceman Peter Fuller, stepped in.
Davies was said to have been obsessed with Nazi ideology, with various associated literature found in a later police search of his home.
Posters relating to the 2013 murder of Fusilier Rigby by two Islamic extremists were also discovered.
Giving evidence, Davies said he was "fascinated" by "Jihadi John", who he saw as an "inspiration" and even had a mask of him.
Davies had admitted wounding with intent but denied attempted murder. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Gareth Preston, senior crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: "Zackery Davies is a dangerous young man whose distorted and racist views led him to commit a terrifying act of violence.
"This was an attack against a complete stranger, singled out for no other reason than his ethnicity.
"Such was the level of violence involved that were it not for the extremely courageous actions of ex-serviceman Peter Fuller, this offence could have become an act of murder.
"As it is, Davies's actions have left Dr Bhambra with life-changing injuries. We hope that today's conviction will be of some comfort to him as he seeks to move forward with his life."
Outside court, the victim's brother Dr Tarlachan Singh Bhambra told reporters: "He was brutally attacked from behind with devastating force. This cowardly assault has left him with life-changing injuries.
"We have no doubt given the racial and political motivations that this should have been rightly defined as an act of terrorism.
"By his own admission the defendant, Zack Davies, had extremely Nazi views and is a member of a white supremacist organisation.
"Sarandev was singled out because of the colour of his skin."
Davies will be sentenced on September 11.