A TEENAGER has been locked up for three years after robbing a pizza delivery driver.
Joshua Foley, of Carr Lane, East Ayton, who appeared in tears in the dock, was sentenced at York Crown Court, having previously admitted a charge of robbery.
The court heard the delivery driver suffered a facial bone fracture after being hit with a trainer and robbed of the £23.70 worth of takeaway meals.
The victim had been doing a friend a favour in delivering the meals from his Scarborough shop to West Ayton on July 1 this year when he was attacked by 18-year-old Foley.
Anthony Dunne, prosecuting, said the victim was now left feeling too scared to go out at night.
Mr Dunne said the driver was instructed to deliver the food to a library in the village and on arrival was met by Foley.
After pretending to search for cash in the pockets of his shorts, and then inside his training shoe, Foley used the footwear to hit the driver in the face before grabbing the food and running off. When police arrived and searched the area they were informed by a youth that Foley had been involved and he was arrested at home.
Despite initially claiming “I ain’t done nothing” Foley then told the police he was “sick of lying” and admitted what he had done, adding that he wanted to apologise to his victim.
The court heard that Foley has a previous criminal record containing five convictions for eight offences, involving assaulting a police officer, burglary, public order and using threatening behaviour.
Ruth Cranidge, mitigating, asked the court to suspend any custodial sentence because of her client’s early admissions, genuine remorse and young age.
Adding that Foley was “disgusted” with himself, Miss Cranidge said the cause of most of her client’s offending, including this robbery, was alcohol, together with the fact he was easily led.
Passing sentence, Recorder Nicholas Lumley told Foley that he and others had spent their money on drink and then decided that they wanted something to eat.
He added that, when the delivery driver arrived, Foley’s “cowardly” friends hid round a corner while he stole the food. He said: “This driver suffered physically and mentally just because you and your friends wanted a pizza.”