Shoplifter Scott Wiggett left Gloucester Tesco manager disabled
TESCO manager Justin Dando was left without the use of one arm after a thief knocked him over in his car as he tried to get away from the store.
Mr Dando, manager at the St Oswald's supermarket, opened the door of thief Scott Wiggett's car to challenge him – but was flung to the floor as the 34-year-old reversed suddenly.
The knock to the floor left Mr Dando without feeling in his left arm and back injuries.
Wiggett, of Woodcock Close, Abbeydale, was jailed for nine months at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday after he admitted theft and causing actual bodily harm.
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Mr Dando was unable to return to work for almost four months after the ordeal in May last year and still does not have full use of one arm and hand.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said on May 24, shortly after midnight, Wiggett walked out of Tesco's with a Philips electric shaver worth £159. He also stole petrol.
He then returned and tried to steal another but was confronted by staff.
He fled outside to his Laguna car and jumped in, but Mr Dando approached and opened the driver's door. He told Wiggett to wait – and he said he would.
But then he suddenly shot backwards with the door still open and Mr Dando was knocked to the ground.
"He fell and feared he was going to go under the wheels of the car," said Mr Kesner. "As he struck the ground he felt immediate and intense pain to his back.
"He was frightened by that injury. His life has not been the same since. Due to the pain he has had many sleepless nights."
He was rushed back into hospital with further spasms just two days after returning to work.
Wiggett had 31 previous convictions on his record, but none for violence. Most were for theft, burglary and similar offences.
Nicola Berryman, defending, said Wiggett's offences were caused by his drug addiction in his 20s, but he had got himself clean when he was 25. He had relapsed at the time of the offence, she said.
Judge William Hart jailed Wiggett for eight months for assault and one month for shoplifting and petrol theft.