London : In an alleged racially-motivated attack, an Indian-origin Sikh dentist in the UK nearly had his hand severed in a brutal machete attack while he was out shopping at a supermarket in Wales.

Sarandev Bhambra, a trainee dentist, was shopping during lunchtime in the city of Mold, south-west Britain, when the attacker Zack Davies attacked him with a machete and hammer in an “unprovoked” racially-motivated attack, Mold Crown Court was told during an ongoing trial this week.               During the attack on January 14, Davies was laughing and shouting “white supremacy”, “this is revenge” and “this is for Lee Rigby”, making a reference to the British soldier who was hacked to death on the streets of London in May 2013.

Bhambra’s hand was almost severed from his arm and he thought he was going to die, the court was told. Bhambra desperately tried to get away from Davies and threw items from the shelves to try and trip him as he chased him with the weapons.

Prosecuting barrister Sion Mihangel said 26-year-old Davies had gone out looking for his mother’s boyfriend to attack him, but he could not find him.            He followed Bhambra into a Tesco store because of his Asian appearance and attacked him within minutes with the machete and claw hammer, which he had in a rucksack.

A jury of six men and six women at Mold Crown Court heard that Davies admits wounding Bhambra with intent to cause grievous bodily, but denies an attempted murder charge.

The attacker’s home was later searched and items of white supremacy and Nazism were found.

The prosecutor said that Davies accepted being responsible for the injuries and had followed and attacked Bhambra because of his “ethnic appearance”, but it was his case that he did not intend to kill him.

The court heard the victim suffered two wounds to the head, a wound to the lower back, an injury to the ankle and a “huge gaping wound” to the base of his left hand.

Aditi Khanna     

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