A grandad has told how he floored a man suspected of stabbing a mum to death in front of horrified Aldi shoppers and stopped him escaping by wrapping belt and CLING FILM around his legs.
Wilf Beattie, 68, said he was 10 yards away from where Jodie Willsher was stabbed – but he didn’t actually see it happen.
Shop worker Jodie died as a result of her injuries following the attack in Skipton, North Yorkshire, yesterday afternoon.
A 44-year-old man has been arrested, initially on suspicion of attempted murder.
Wilf today described turning around because of the commotion and seeing her lying motionless on the ground in a pool of blood.
Wilf says he punched the accused man in the face several times before dragging him to the floor and restraining him.
Wilf says he punched the accused man in the face several times
The grandfather-of-eight says he shouted to the man, who didn’t say a word throughout, ‘you b*****d’ before police led him away in handcuffs.
Speaking at his home address in Eastburn, West Yorks., dad-of-three Wilf, a bricklayer, said he had said hello to the victim prior to the stabbing after becoming acquainted with her during his weekly Aldi shops.
He said: “I saw the lass, I said hello and then walked away.
“I then heard this commotion, I looked around and these two fellas [one the accused, another unknown] were having an argument.
“A fella had the other around the neck, I went over and saw her on the floor in a pool of blood.
Wilf Beattie, 68, has described the encounter while shopping at an Aldi supermarket
North Yorkshire Police forensic officers at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Aldi
A close relative lays flowers at the scene
“I just started laying into him, I punched him in the face a few times. We got him on the floor and restrained him.
“A member of staff came, got his head and a fella and myself got a belt around his legs before a young member of staff came with a big roll of cling film and we wrapped it around his legs.
“She was just lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
“The cops came and put the bracelets on him and got him up. The man didn’t say a word, he just looked down at her.
“I said to him, ‘you b***d’. Why he targeted her I shall never know.
“The policeman read him his rights and got him to his feet and marched him out.
Jodie Willsher with her husband Mal and daughter Mega
“I walked away to get my trolley and they said everybody will have to get out of the premises but I managed to get to the cash till and get my things paid for.
“I don’t know whether it was a member of staff but someone came with the first aid boxes.
“He was out to target somebody and why he targeted her, god only knows. When I stopped [because of the commotion] I was probably about 10 yards away.
“It’s not just their Christmas, it’s the rest of their lives. The gallows need bringing back, they are scum and no good to anybody.”
Wilf says he does his weekly shop at Aldi and regularly speaks to victim Jodie Willsher who he described as “lovely lass who is always bubbly”.
Jodie Willsher is pictured with her husband Malcolm
“We go in there every week, she has served us and she is a nice, polite, bubbly lass,” added Wilf.
“I think she [the victim] has a little girl who is about four or five years old.”
Wilf’s wife, Susan Beattie, 70, was at the other side of the store when the incident happened.
She said: “I was at the bottom end of the store at the opposite side.
“People were screaming and shouting. They were running out of the store.
“My husband was trying to hold his legs down so that he couldn’t escape.”