Two brave shopkeepers dished out some hard justice to a would-be robber armed with a knife and a hammer.
James Horricks, 27, got more than he bargained for when he tried to rob Mr B’s Newsagent in Prescot Road in Kensington .
CCTV footage shows the moment he shouted at Fwad Al-Selwi and Hani Al-Fakih: “Open the f***ing till and give us the f***ing money”.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Mr Al-Fakih ran at Horricks and kicked him into the shop door window, which smashed into pieces.
Horricks got up and charged at Mr Al-Fakih, who threw a bottle of coke at him, before the crook rained down punches him.
Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said: “He managed to defend one of the hammer blows from hitting his face but it cut his hand.
“Mr Al-Selwi at this point hit the defendant with a wooden chair leg, but he was hit with the hammer on his hand, resulting in a small cut to his finger.
“Both then managed to take hold of the defendant, but he turned and bit Mr Al-Fakih to the left side of his face. They then managed to pin him down.”
The clip shows Mr Al-Selwi repeatedly hit Horricks with the wooden chair leg, before the would sink his teeth into Mr. Al-Fakih’s face.
Mr. Al-Selwi, who is the brother of the shop’s owner, and his friend Mr. Al-Fakih, who runs his own store and had come round to visit, then called the police.
Horricks, who Mr Al-Selwi described as having “sunglasses on and a silly red hat”, continued to struggle until officers arrived and arrested him.
The court heard Mr Al-Fakih suffered a nasty bite mark to his left cheek, which left a scar, during the incident at 6.40pm on June 13 this year.
Horricks, of Lilley Road, Fairfield, said he had borrowed £20 from a man involved in drugs, but when he failed to repay the loan, was told he then owed £300.
He told police that this man made threats on his life and he carried out the robbery so he could pay the money back because he feared for his safety.
Horricks suggested he only intended to scare the shopkeeper, but when he got behind the counter, he realized he shouldn’t be there and tried to leave.
He said that when he was kicked he “panicked and decided to try and buy time by striking out” and that he was not a violent man by nature.
The failed robber accepted responsibility for causing his two victims’ injuries and that they had acted in reasonable self-defence.
Horricks admitted attempted robbery, possession of a knife, possession of an offensive weapon and assault causing actual bodily harm.
Stephen Polson, defending, said Horricks did not have any previous convictions and the incident was out of character.
Judge Anil Murray said Horricks’ raid must have been “absolutely terrifying” and sentenced him to three years and nine months behind bars.