A thief hit a security guard over the head with such force he was knocked to the ground with blooding pouring from his wounds.
Isham, who was living in a tent and stole bottles of alcohol to sell for food, then ran from the store leaving his victim needing hospital treatment.
Phil Howes, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said that he attracted the attention of store staff when he was seen fidgeting in an aisle.
He said: “He was spotted trying to hide a bottle in the sleeve of his hoodie.
“He realised he had been seen, so walked quickly towards the exit. When he realised a member of staff was running after him he ran.
“At the exit the security guard stuck out an arm to try and stop him. The defendant struck him with a bottle.
“The security officer fell to the floor and was bleeding heavily.”
Police took Mr Titmus to hospital in Boston where he was found to have two deep wounds to his head which needed stitches.
Isham was arrested within half an hour of the incident at the supermarket in Spalding but had already sold on the three bottles of alcohol he had stolen.
The court was told that 54 previous convictions for a total of 130 offences of which 48 were thefts.
Isham, who at the time was living in a tent on Holbeach Road, Spalding, admitted charges of unlawful wounding and theft of three bottles of alcohol as a result of the incident on the afternoon of September 24 this year.
He was jailed for 21 months. Neil Sands, in mitigation, said that Isham regretted what happened.
He said his client was homeless and went shoplifting in the hope of getting arrested and being sent to prison but had not set out to injure anyone.
Mr Sands said: “He last had accommodation three years ago. He stole these bottles to sell and get some money for food.”
Source – Lincolnshire Live