A YOUNG woman behind the counter of a Cardiff convenience store thought she was being kidnapped when she was dragged out of the shop by her hair by a 51-year-old man.
Stefan Neil Thomas Wakeman entered the store and bought a litre of milk before asking where the coffee was kept at about 4pm on a Saturday in April.
When the woman took him to the appropriate shelf he took out a wrench and bashed her over the head with it.
He put his hand over her mouth and told her to shut up before dragging her towards the front of the store, Newcastle Local Court heard on Wednesday.
Wakeman, who has spent more than 18 years of his adult life behind bars, pleaded guilty to the crime just before it went to a hearing.
He has been in custody since his arrest the day after the attack on April 19.
Magistrate Robert Stone described the assault as very violent.
‘‘You could only imagine the significant amount of fear that she (the victim) would have felt as a result of this incident,’’ Magistrate Stone said.
It was agreed that there was a certain amount of planning involved given that Wakeman entered the store armed with a wrench or spanner, the court heard.
He initially denied the charges saying the woman spat at him but CCTV footage was found to be ‘‘entirely inconsistent’’ with his version of events.
Wakeman has spent more time in jail than out of jail during the 28 years since June, 1986.
He was jailed in 2003 for nine years for raping a 14-year-old girl at Broadmeadow.
With a non-parole period of one year and eight months he will be eligible for release on parole on December 19, 2015.