Zack Davies shouts ‘white supremacy’, ‘this is revenge’ and ‘this is for Lee Rigby’ as he attacks Dr Sarandev Singh Bhambra in Mold supermarket, court hears
A Sikh trainee dentist suffered life-changing injuries in a brutal and unprovoked terrorist attack at a Tesco store, a court heard.
Dr Sarandev Singh Bhambra, of Leeds, was working at Mold in North Wales and was attacked with a machete and a hammer while shopping one lunchtime.
Defendant Zack Davies was said to be laughing and shouting “white supremacy”, “this is revenge” and “this is for Lee Rigby” as he did so. The victim’s hand was almost severed from his arm and he thought he was going to die, jurors were told.
Dr Bhambra desperately tried to get away from the defendant and threw items from the shelves to try and trip him as he chased him with the weapons, the court heard.
A jury of six men and six women at Mold Crown Court heard that Davies, of Mold, admits wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily – but he denies an attempted murder charge following the attack on January 14 this year.
Prosecuting barrister Sion ap Mihangel said the 26-year-old had gone out looking for his mother’s boyfriend to attack him, but he could not find him.
He said he followed Dr Bhambra into the Tesco store because of his Asian appearance and attacked him within minutes with the machete and claw hammer, which he had in a rucksack.
It was the prosecution case that he had used them “skillfully and with force” and that he would have killed Dr Bhambra but for the brave intervention of a customer, former soldier Peter Fuller of Mold, who stood in his way and is then said to have persuaded him to put the weapons down.
The jury heard how the defendant’s home was later searched and items of white supremacy and Nazism were found.
The prosecutor said that Davies accepted being responsible for the injuries and had followed and attacked Mr Bhambra because of his “ethnic appearance”, but it was his case that he did not intend to kill him.
When arrested, Davies said: “It was me. I surrendered my weapons. I did it for Lee Rigby”, the court heard. He is said to have told witnesses that he had “lost it” and that he carried out the planned attack “for the whites”.
CCTV footage showing Dr Bhambra walking into Tesco and being followed by the defendant before being attacked was due to be played to the jury.
The court heard the victim suffered two wounds to the head, a wound to the lower back, an injury to the ankle and a “huge gaping wound” to the base of his left hand.
The trial continues.