Knife-Wielding Man Threatened To 'Cut' Takeaway Staff While Demanding Free Chips
Matthew Hawkins, from Swansea, was drunk as he banged the nine-inch blade on the counter of Yummies Pizza and Kebab shop and made 'stabbing motions' in the air while shouting at staff.
The 19-year-old was told he could buy chips, but he replied: "I want free chips. Hurry up or I'm going to cut you."
This stand-off continued for 15 minutes before Hawkins eventually left the shop and said: "I'm going to f***ing rob next door - then I'm coming back for my chips."
Hawkins then went to the neighbouring Best One shop, which he also attempted to rob at knifepoint. He was followed by a member of staff from Yummies, who shut him inside Best One.
When police arrived they found him banging on the front door shouting: "Give me my f***ing chips."
At Swansea Crown Court, Hawkins admitted two robbery bids and possessing a blade and was sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution. He was also made the subject of restraining orders banning him from contacting his victims for the next five years.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told Hawkins his drunken threats must have 'frightened the living daylights' out of his victims.
He said: "The courts have a duty to protect workers in small businesses who were vulnerable to such attacks."
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Earlier this year, a woman was fined after she attacked a diner at the gravy station of a Toby Carvery in Wales.
Sarah Pritchard assaulted Joanne Blanche as she was about to spoon a ladle of gravy over her roast potatoes at the busy Caerphilly branch of the restaurant on Wednesday 11 December.
Police were called to the scene at around 4.20pm and Pritchard was arrested and charged with assault.
Newport Magistrates Court heard that other diners ran away as mother-of-three Pritchard began grappling with Mrs Blanche at the gravy station.
Pritchard admitted common assault and was fined £54 ($70). She was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £32 ($41) and costs of £85 ($110).
Prosecutor Rob Simkins said: "Mrs Blanche was at the gravy station when she was grabbed by the arm and assaulted.
"Restaurant staff intervened and police were called - it was not what you expect in a family restaurant at lunchtime."
Speaking after the case, mother-of-one Mrs Blanche of Trethomas, Caerphilly, didn't seem very impressed by Pritchard's punishment.
She said: "It's normally a quiet and safe place, there's never any trouble. I don't know why she picked on me, I was minding my own business.
"A fine of just £54 isn't very much and won't stop her doing it to someone else in the future."
Featured Image Credit: Wales News Service
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