Violent thug jailed after violent attack in supermarket
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A ‘violent and dangerous’ attacker has been jailed for battering a shopper over the head with a bottle in the drinks aisle of a busy supermarket.
Dylan Green had a grudge against victim Matthew Peters and approached him without warning in Tesco in Seaton, before headbutting him in the face.
Mr Peters was holding a shopping basket and browsing the wine selection and was powerless to defend himself as Green grabbed a bottle from a shelf and smashed it over his head.
Store CCTV showed him wrestling Mr Peters to the ground so violently that he dislocated his shoulder before grabbing a second bottle and resuming his attack.
Security guards intervened and he fled after landing a series of blows which left the victim with blood pouring from two gashes to his face and two to his scalp, one of which was so deep it went to the bone.
Green had previously sent threatening texts to Mr Peters whose mother had previously been his landlord and had evicted him because of his bad behaviour.
He was suffering from paranoia caused by his long-term abuse of cannabis at the time of the attack in February.
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The incident was so shocking to other shoppers that police attended the next town council meeting to reassure residents that the town was a safe place.
Green had previously carried out an earlier attack on a 16-year-old boy in an argument over a £20 cannabis debt.
Green, aged 22, of no fixed address, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for three years and 11 months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.
He told him: “You need to work very hard on your patently distorted thinking about why you may by justified in using violence against people.
“You are undoubtedly in my view, given your attitudes and past behaviour, a violent and dangerous individual.
“Whatever the background, Mr Peters posed no threat to you as he was holding shopping on both hands and browsing the aisle. You told the probation report writer you were in a fight of flight situation. That if patent nonsense.
“In full view of the store CCTV and other customers and staff, and without any warning beyond shouting ‘oi’ to draw his attention, you forcefully headbutted him in the face.”
Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said the attack in Tesco too place at around 5.30pm on February 25 this year and led to Mr Peters needing hospital treatment to seal his wounds with staples.
The earlier attack happened when Green was with a friend in Harepath Road, Seaton, on August 10, 2019, and they demanded £20 for a supposed cannabis debt before Green punched him in the face and the other man stole his mountain bike.
Mr Daniel Pawson-Pounds, defending, said Green was suffering from poor mental health at the time of the Tesco attack and had sought medical help for a low mood five days earlier.
He has been seen by a psychiatrist who has not diagnosed any mental illness but said there were symptoms akin to an adjustment disorder. He was paranoid at the time of the attack and believed he was in a fight or flight situation.