- Zeeyarat Khan, 27, threatened to kill Samera Suleman after she rejected him
- As she handed her notice in at Poundland store he began beating her
- Left her with skull fractures, a brain injury and fractured finger after attack
- Khan today jailed for 18 years after pleading guilty to attempted murder
Zeeyarat Khan, 27, has been jailed for 18 years after attacking colleague Samera Suleman, 32, because she rejected his advances
A Poundland worker who became 'obsessed' with his female colleague beat her with a claw hammer after she rejected him, leaving her with a brain injury.
Zeeyarat Khan, 27, spoke of marrying co-worker Samera Suleman but when she turned him down, he threatened to kill her.
Miss Suleman, 32, a single mother, tried to quit her job at a branch of Poundland in Birmingham, but as she went to hand in her notice, Khan launched an attack.
Running out from behind his till, he grabbed a claw hammer from one of the selves, then used it to beat Miss Suleman in broad daylight.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Khan struck her twice over the head before launching a 'determined and sustained' assault, witnessed by a mum with three young children.
Miss Suleman was left with skull fractures, a brain injury and a fractured finger after the attack.
Jailing Khan for 18 years, Judge James Burbidge QC told him: 'You wanted the relationship to be more permanent but she gently rebuffed you.
'You rushed out of the store and pursued her, attacking her in the most public of places. You rained blows on her fast and furious.
'She is very fortunate to have survived the brain injury but it will change her life for ever.'
Khan, 27, of no fixed address, had previously admitted a charge of attempted murder.
Miss Suleman, a teaching assistant, worked part-time at Poundland’s St Andrews Retail Park branch.
Hugh O’Brien Quinn, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court: 'Although they were friendly they seldom socialised outside work.
'It seems the defendant became obsessed with Miss Suleman. It became known among other staff he was attracted to her.
'He told Miss Suleman he had feelings for her and wanted to marry her. She told the defendant she did not have feelings for him.'
The court heard she tried to avoid Khan as his mental health declined. But Mr O’Brien Quinn said the defendant repeatedly threatened to kill her.
He lashed out when she arrived to hand in her notice on October 9 last year, leaving her with several skull fractures and a similar finger injury.
Mr O’Brien Quinn said: 'He ran from his position at the till and selected a claw hammer from one of the aisles. He then ran after her.'
Mr O’Brien Quinn said Khan was seen by police officers in Digbeth ten minutes later - still holding the bloodstained weapon.
He said Miss Suleman had been severely affected by the attack and was still receiving counselling.
Graham Henson, defending, said Khan felt he had been rebuffed and it had been an 'explosion' of spontaneous anger.