Tug-of-war over takeaway pizza

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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A PIZZA lover who tried to scam a delivery driver into giving him free food ended up in a tug-of-war over the tasty treats.

The escapade landed Michael Robinson in court facing a robbery charge.

A judge told him he had considered sending him to prison, but decided to be lenient and give him a chance to reform himself.

The 21-year-old, of Westminster Road, North Shore, appeared for sentence after admitting robbery.

Hilary Banks, prosecuting, told the court a delivery driver for Dominos Pizzas had taken a delivery of pizzas and garlic bread worth £28.92 to an address on Livingstone Road at around 11pm on December 5 last year.

When he arrived at the flat there were two men there.

Robinson said the manager had agreed not to charge for the food as a previous delivery was cold but the driver checked and was told that was not the case.

There was a “tug-of-war” with the pizza and Robinson took a swing at the victim. He stumbled and fell. The food was then taken. Mr Fox was flustered and shaken and said there was a lot of laughing between the men in the flat.

When arrested, Robinson said he had drunk 3 litres of cider over three hours and admitted he had been trying to get free food.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Robinson’s family had moved to France when he was 14 and he had been reluctant to go and had come back and forth.

The offence had taken place when he was living in France and he was in the country as his brother was on a course. He planned to return to France.

Miss Taylor said the offence had been a “spontaneous act”.

She added: “I’m afraid the scam went horribly wrong and he got involved in a tug of war.”

The defence said had Robinson been sober he would not have got involved in the tussle. He had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and urged the court to give him one last chance.

Recorder Terence Rigby told him: “I was going to send you to prison, but I have thought about it. It seems to me this is one of these cases where the court can be lenient.”