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Zack Davies given life imprisonment for racially motivated machete attack


Zack Davies has today been sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder after he attacked a man with a machete in a racially aggravated attack in January. He must serve a minimum of 14 years.

Davies targeted Dr Sarandev Bhambra in a supermarket in Mold, north Wales, attacking him with a machete causing deep wounds before another man, Peter Fuller, intervened to stop the attack.

Gareth Preston, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, said: "This was a vicious, racist attack upon Dr Bhambra which has left him with life changing injuries.

"When the prosecution team reviewed the evidence from a number of witness accounts and from CCTV of the incident, Zack Davies' intention to cause extremely serious or even fatal injuries to Dr Bhambra was abundantly clear.

"It was also clear from the evidence that the heroic actions of Peter Fuller may well have prevented this horrific attack from having a fatal outcome.

"I would like to thank all those who helped the prosecution team build a strong case against Davies, especially all those who provided statements to the police or appeared as witnesses during the trial.

"Finally, we should acknowledge that whilst the criminal justice process is concluded with today's sentencing, Dr Bhambra continues to deal with the consequences of this terrible incident. We hope that today's sentencing will be of some assistance to him as he seeks to move forward with his life."


Notes to Editors

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