Peoples Digest Online – Edward Wright had already threatened staff at a nearby petrol station before he got to the fast food store in Devon. The 28-year-old has been jailed after pleading guilty to charges of robbery, possessing a knife, assault, criminal damage and exposure.
Wright then smashed the front door window and assaulted the restaurant manager which led to staff being forced to lock the doors.
Paul Gallagher, mitigating, said Wright was originally from Birmingham but went to Cornwall and then became homeless. On the day of the attack he had not taken his medication for bi-polar disorder and had been drinking alcohol the previous night.
When sentencing him to 32 months Judge Robert Linford said: “You were threatening and menacing and completely out of control.
“You threatened someone by making demands of their keys and wallet and the person concerned flees. “You, it seems, head off to McDonald’s nearby. You try to get in and smash the door.
“You wave your genitals around because you are drunk and stupid. On top of all that, you threaten Mr Milner who happens to be just minding his own business. “I accept the very difficult circumstances you were living in. That was not your fault that you were homeless.
“It’s to your credit that you’ve expressed remorse and accepted your behaviour was threatening but the fact remains that you were under the influence of a cocktail of alcohol and drugs.