How worker at JP Morgan fought off robbers who stabbed him in late night attack

A backpack shield and rugby training – how I fought off armed robbers who stabbed me

CRIME SCENE: Chaseside

ATTACKER: Kyle Mayes

LOCKED UP: Damien Johnson

First published in News by

A MAN knifed in the shoulder during an attempted robbery said his days playing rugby helped him fend off his attackers.

Iain Sach, who works at JP Morgan in Bournemouth, was confronted by a hooded man wielding a blade as he walked along Chaseside late at night on June 15.

Unbeknown to him, another man holding a knife had crept up behind, and as Mr Sach used his backpack as a shield, he was viciously stabbed.

Fortunately, he was not badly injured, and was able to seek help from the police and ambulance services at JP Morgan’s manned guardhouse.

He said: “As I was walking, I felt someone grab my rucksack and I got dragged around.

“It was strapped around my waist and my chest at the time. He was trying to pull the bag off.”

As Mr Sach came face-to-face with his assailant, he saw the knife.

“I used to play a lot of rugby, and I know that in the first five minutes, if you back down you’ve got a horrible game ahead of you,” he said.

“I pulled my bag off and began using it as a shield and I managed to kick him hard in the leg. I was just focused on the knife.

“But as I was looking, the other one came up behind me and stabbed me in the shoulder.”

But the former flanker continued to fight, turning to face the second attacker, who ran away.

“I was still trying to concentrate on the one in front at the same time,” he said.

“The pathway is only about four paces wide, so I couldn’t back off – it was all at very close range.”

After both men ran off, he called for help and praised the quick response of Dorset Police officers.

He said: “They were amazing.

“Even before I got into the ambulance to go to hospital, they’d arrested them both.”

Last week, 19-year-old Kyle Mayes – also known by the surname Mayez – and 23-year-old Damien Johnson were jailed for five years each for admitting attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article.

Mayes also pleaded guilty to another robbery committed against a 20-year-old man on the same date.

Sentencing them both, Judge Peter Johnson said: “I have taken the view that this is a serious matter not least because of the injury caused to the victim, who is a plucky man.”

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12:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Lord Parkstone says...

Yet another case of our inadequate justice system. They stabbed the guy and only get done for attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article.
A better punishment would have been 10 minutes alone and unarmed in a room with their victim.
Yet another case of our inadequate justice system. They stabbed the guy and only get done for attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article. A better punishment would have been 10 minutes alone and unarmed in a room with their victim. Lord Parkstone
  • Score: 11

1:21pm Thu 21 Aug 14

yet_another_one says...

They look like a couple of wasters & deserved a more severe sentence - this was, after all, attempted & premeditated murder.

For us normal decent people, the Judiciary & the system have let us down again - it's about time someone paid a seriously high price & a message for others not to follow.

Sadly, these a***holes will be out in little over 2 years - I wonder if Judge Peter Johnson will free them for any single breach.

How do these people sleep at night ???

In answer to 'Lord Parkstone', I agree a face to face meeting between those accused & found guilty with Iain Sach would've been beneficial - these guys do deserve a taste of their own medicine & hopefully they will get a taste of that behind bars.
They look like a couple of wasters & deserved a more severe sentence - this was, after all, attempted & premeditated murder. For us normal decent people, the Judiciary & the system have let us down again - it's about time someone paid a seriously high price & a message for others not to follow. Sadly, these a***holes will be out in little over 2 years - I wonder if Judge Peter Johnson will free them for any single breach. How do these people sleep at night ??? In answer to 'Lord Parkstone', I agree a face to face meeting between those accused & found guilty with Iain Sach would've been beneficial - these guys do deserve a taste of their own medicine & hopefully they will get a taste of that behind bars. yet_another_one
  • Score: 7

1:46pm Thu 21 Aug 14

old duffa says...

5 years is a good start
scum of this area
let hope there stay is extended
5 years is a good start scum of this area let hope there stay is extended old duffa
  • Score: 3

11:44am Sun 24 Aug 14

ProudofBoscombe says...

2 white Brits commit a crime involving serious violence and look how few comments. Had they been immigrants or non-white this would be seething with the "send them home" brigade.
2 white Brits commit a crime involving serious violence and look how few comments. Had they been immigrants or non-white this would be seething with the "send them home" brigade. ProudofBoscombe
  • Score: 0

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