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6 July 2016, 17:07
A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he brutally attacked a Luton shopkeeper in a bid to kill her on Christmas Eve.
Tomasz Jaworski, 31, of no fixed address, attacked Moon's newsagents owner Nirupa Patel in Park Street in the shop in the early hours of the morning - viciously assaulting her while threatening to kill her.
Shortly beforehand he had also assaulted two others, including a man who was working in the shop, though fortunately they sustained minor injuries.
Jaworski pleaded guilty to both attempted murder and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in May.
He received an 18 year sentence, which was reduced to 12 years because of his guilty plea, and will also have a five year extended license period. Once he is released from prison, he will be deported to Poland.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicki Evans said:
"This was an abhorrent attack by an extremely dangerous individual and I'm pleased that he will be locked away for a long time.
The woman endured a sustained, violent attack, which will leave more than just physical scars, but I hope that today's sentence can allow her some comfort."
During the attack, Jaworski slashed the woman with a shard of glass, beat her over the head as well as grabbing her around the neck, attempting to strangle her, and kicking and punching her.
DCI Evans continued:
"Violence such as this is never tolerated and thanks to the thorough investigation carried out by our officers and the bravery of the victims, this dangerous individual will be off the streets for a substantial amount of time."