A MAN has admitted stabbing a shop assistant four times in the back and neck, snatching £600 from the till and leaving him bleeding on the floor.

Victim Daniel Roberts endured five hours of surgery after being stabbed three times in the back, across the face and through his ear, causing a wound to his throat and mouth.

He staggered from the blood-spattered shop in Cheyney Road and begged passers-by for help.

Daniel, 24, had worked at The Unit for only four weeks and is said to be deeply traumatised by the unprovoked attack at 10pm on June 9.

He has left his home in Sidney Road, Chester – which is yards away from the shop – to stay with family in Wales.

His attacker Mark Nicholson, 37, of Boundary Lane, was caught by police after drinkers in a local pub recognised his description.

He appeared in Chester Crown Court this week to plead guilty to wounding with intent and robbery of £600.

Daniel’s injuries were so severe police treated the shop as a murder scene until hearing he had survived.

Shop owner Chris Harris said: ‘They wouldn’t let us inside because they needed to do forensic tests.

‘When we got into the shop the next day there was blood everywhere – all over the floor and up the walls.

‘I felt sick the first time I saw the CCTV footage of the attack. People like that shouldn’t be on the streets - he is an animal.

Mr Harris, who is landlord at the Egerton Arms in Brook Street, added: ‘I have been in the pub business for 25 years and have never seen anything like this. It was completely unprovoked – he just walked in and started stabbing.’

The shop closed in July because staff were no longer willing to work alone at night, and the business was not profitable enough to justify two workers.