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Hammer attack man tried to bludgeon woman to death at corner shop

A man has been found guilty of trying to bludgeon a woman to death with a hammer at a corner shop.

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Worcester Crown Court. Photo: Google

Alexander Stone, aged 38, attacked the woman at Nisa in High Street, Kington, near the Mid Wales border, on July 22 last year.

He attempted to strike the victim multiple times to the head with a hammer in an attack that was in full view of shoppers and other members of public, many of whom intervened.

Stone, of Bridge Street in Kington, was found guilty of attempted murder at Worcester Crown Court on Friday.

Detective Constable Leah Lowe, the investigating officer, said: “We welcome the verdict, which comes at the end of a detailed investigation. The victim has shown considerable courage in what has been a deeply distressing case.

"Stone acted with extreme violence and if it hadn’t been for the intervention of members of public prior to the arrival of the police, the outcome may have been far worse. I hope this reassures the community that we will deal with such acts of violence with determination and ensure that victims are supported and given the confidence to come forward."

Stone is due to be sentenced next month, again at Worcester Crown Court.

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