09:32AM, Friday 18 November 2016
A crowbar-wielding robber’s 10-year prison sentence is the ‘icing on the cake’ for the man he attacked, who says justice has been served.
James Clifford had been helping a colleague cash up for the night when John Paul Buckley broke into the Tenpin Bowling Alley, in Holmanleaze, Maidenhead.
Buckley, 30, of no fixed abode, cornered the pair in an office before beating Mr Clifford, splitting his nose open and leaving him with a broken arm, before making off with about £600 in cash.
Remembering the night, 32-year-old Mr Clifford, who normally works as a supervisor at the chain’s Camberley site, said he had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I don’t think he expected anyone to be there,” he said.
“He said to give him the money, but we were trying to say the safe was locked and then he decided to start beating me.
“He was in the doorway, me and my friend were just trying to keep as far away as we could.
“The only thing going through my mind was making sure my friend was ok – she has two young children and I was just more concerned for her.”
He added: “The verdict is the icing on the cake – justice has been served.
“I walked into the building fine and left being carried out by paramedics.
“But he is now paying for what he has done and I just hope he uses the time to think about his actions and I hope he realises what he has done and becomes a better person.”
Buckley pleaded guilty to the June 12 raid at Reading Crown Court on Friday, November 4, and was sentenced to seven years behind bars.
He also admitted robbing a post office in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, on June 29, for which he received a further three years in prison.
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