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Moment shopkeeper fights off drunk knife-wielding robber with ELECTRIC DRILL


The moment a shopkeeper fought off a knife-wielding robber with an electric drill has been captured on CCTV.

Kevin Kanthan had been using the cordless power tool to fit a gate to the counter of his shop in Weymouth, Dorset, on Saturday, July 24, when William Thorne stormed in wielding a kitchen knife.

Thorne threw a bottle of tequila at the counter’s plastic screen and forced his way behind the till. The drunken robber punched Mr Kanthan and demanded he hand over money from the till.

Father-of-two Mr Kanthan fought back and repeatedly swung the drill at his attacker, hitting him on the shoulder with it before chasing him out of the shop.

Mr Kanthan was later praised for his ‘immense bravery’ by Dorset Police. 

Kevin Kanthan at his store in Weymouth, Dorset, where he fought off a knife-wielding robber with a power drill

Kevin Kanthan at his store in Weymouth, Dorset, where he fought off a knife-wielding robber with a power drill

Kevin Kanthan had been using the cordless power tool to fit a gate to his counter when William Thorne stormed in wielding a kitchen knife

Kevin Kanthan had been using the cordless power tool to fit a gate to his counter when William Thorne stormed in wielding a kitchen knife

Thorne, 24, of Frome, Somerset, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, criminal damage and possession of a knife in a public place and was jailed for four years and three months

Thorne, 24, of Frome, Somerset, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, criminal damage and possession of a knife in a public place and was jailed for four years and three months

Mr Kanthan, who runs Broadwey Village Stores with his wife, Nisha, said the drill ‘saved his life.’

He said: ‘The man came in and threw the bottle towards me and got behind the counter. He pinned me down into the corner and shouted “get the f***ing money out now.”

‘I said I didn’t have any money and he punched me in the face. I had to kick him in a bad place below and punch his hand. He dropped the knife and I twisted his wrist and pushed him out of the counter.

‘I had the drill and used that to hit him. He was hurt so he ran out of the shop and the police caught him just afterwards.

‘I was lucky I had that because he would have killed me – he was a big man so I had to use something.’

Thorne, 24, of Frome, Somerset, appeared at Southampton Court where he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, criminal damage and possession of a knife in a public place and was jailed for four years and three months.

William Thorne (pictured) was caught on CCTV entering the shop owned by Mr Kanthan while wielding a kitchen knife

William Thorne (pictured) was caught on CCTV entering the shop owned by Mr Kanthan while wielding a kitchen knife

Paul Fairley, prosecuting, told the court that Thorne had taken the knife from a friend’s house where he had been staying at the time.

He said: ‘A friend of Thorne said he had been at her house overnight and they had drinks.

‘In the morning, she said he was fine but quite aggressive and asked for alcohol. He left the house and they went looking for him but he had gone into the shop owned by Mr Kanthan.

‘The knife held by Thorne was dropped in the struggle with Mr Kanthan. The knife was identified by the resident and she confirmed it was missing from her drawer.’

Mary Aspinall-Miles, mitigating, described Thorne’s actions as ‘out of character’ and added: ‘He’s horrified that he’s done that as he could only wonder if it happened to his parents. There is genuine remorse.’

Since the incident Mr Kanthan has spent thousands of pounds on upgrading security in his shop and employed more staff so his wife doesn’t have to work alone.

Thorne leapt over the counter and punched Mr Kanthan, who said, 'I had to kick him in a bad place below.'

Thorne leapt over the counter and punched Mr Kanthan, who said, ‘I had to kick him in a bad place below.’ 

He added: ‘We are struggling every day – I’ve done nothing wrong but I still feel sorry for the person. He will go to jail because of me.’

Thorne was also issued a restraining order not to visit Broadwey Village Stores for five years.

Detective Constable Claire Lloyd, of Weymouth CID, said: ‘This was an extremely distressing incident for the victim to encounter as he was simply carrying out his job and he showed immense bravery with his quick reactions in the circumstances.

‘There were customers present in the shop at the time of the offence and it must have been frightening for them to witness this display of unwarranted violence.

‘Thanks to the swift response of officers, and thanks to the CCTV in the victim’s shop, we were able to ensure Thorne was put before the court to face the consequences of his actions in very quick time.’



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