A security guard who calmed and disarmed a Derby man who had just stabbed two victims has been handed an award for his bravery.
A previous hearing earlier this week was told how Jamie Austin plunged the knife into two different men, one of whom was getting back into his mobility scooter, outside the supermarket.
After being arrested the 31-year-old, of nearby Warner Street, told the officer he “woke up that morning wanting to kill someone”.
And the same guard, as well as staff at the store, have also been praised for the way they handled the shocking situation by the lead investigator for Derbyshire Police.
Judge Nirmal Shant, who this week jailed Austin for 12 years, called the case back on Friday as she wants to hand Mr Antwi a High Sheriff’s award for his quick-thinking actions.
She said: “The reason I have asked for this case to be listed is that it seems to me the security guard, Charles Osei Antwi was a witness in the case and it is quite clear to me on viewing the CCTV footage he behaved with considerable bravery in circumstances that were, to put it mildly, very intense.
“He repeatedly put himself between the defendant and other witnesses at a time when the defendant was brandishing a knife.
“In those circumstances, I would like to give him a High Sherrif’s award of £750 and he will be notified accordingly.”
Shocking footage played at Derby Crown Court at his sentencing hearing showed Austin first thrust the knife at two 16-year-olds using the cashpoint machine at Sainsbury’s on May 6, last year.
Moments later the CCTV captured him approaching the next ATM user and stab him once to the back before walking away.
Austin, a porter at the Royal Derby Hospital, then entered the store and followed terrified shoppers and staff around to the extent that some flee out the doors.
The father-of-one then walked out again and stabbed his second victim, who was getting into a mobility scooter, once to the side.
Workers at the store then try in vain to stop Austin entering the supermarket a second time where he is confronted by his first stabbing victim.
Finally, armed police arrive pointing guns at the defendant forcing him to the ground and arresting him.
DC Tim Phillips, the lead officer in the case, said: “The absolute fear Jamie Austin caused with his action that sunny May day is difficult to comprehend.
“His two victims had no idea what was about to happen to them and had no chance to defend themselves.
“The injuries they sustained were, thankfully, not serious – but it was only sheer good fortune that two people were not killed that afternoon.
“And, while the physical injuries will have healed, the psychological impact on everyone present will be long-lasting.
“While the very worst in human nature was shown by Austin that day he was confronted with the very best of our Derby community in the form of Sainsbury’s shop, and security, staff.
“Their actions were utterly selfless and helped prevent Austin from hurting more people.
“They put themselves in harm’s way and I would like to put on record my own personal, as well as the wider force’s, thanks for their heroic efforts.
Sarah Slater, prosecuting, played almost 20 minutes of CCTV at the sentencing hearing on Wednesday which captured the entire sequence of events.
After being talked into dropping the knife by the security guard, Austin was arrested by armed officers.
Miss Slater said: “He made some comments to the police.
“He said he had been watching particular TV programmes and felt like he wanted to go out and kill people.
“He said ‘I just woke up that morning and wanted to kill someone’.”
Austin pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding with intent, affray and possession of a bladed article.
Judge Shant jailed him for eight years with a four-year extension as she assessed him as being dangerous, making a total of 12 years.
It means he will be considered for parole two-thirds of the way through his eight-year custodial element of the sentence.
Austin read out over the videolink a letter he had written himself to the judge.
In it, he said: “It was not planned, it was a moment of stupidity and madness.
“The two victims were not in the wrong place at the wrong time, I was, and I am sorry.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson, said: “We’re proud of the courage and dedication shown by our colleagues, who went above the call of duty to help keep themselves and our customers safe.”
Source – Derby