Drunk robber demanded sellotape and made stab threats during raid at Leeds fish and chip shop

A drunk robber "asked aggressively" for sellotape, demanded £20 from the till and made stab threats during a raid at a Leeds fish and chip shop

Friday, 1st May 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 5:44 pm

Christopher Day was jailed for three years over the offence carried out at Uni Fisheries, near to Leeds University.

Leeds Crown Court heard Day targeted the business on Woodhouse Lane on February 18 this year.

The shop owner and a member of staff were getting ready to open when Day entered the premises at 5.30pm.

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Christopher Day demanded sellotape and threatened to stab staff at Leeds fish and chip shop

Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said Day appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs.

He said: "The defendant asked aggressively for sellotape.

"He then asked for £20 from the till."

Mr Nassiri said Day put his hand on his waist and threatened to stab the two men.

They feared that he was in possession of a knife.

They refused to hand over money and told Day that the till could not be opened.

Day then took an iPhone belonging to one of the victims from the counter and left.

Police were informed and the tracker on the mobile phone was activated.

Officers used the tracker to trace Day to nearby St Marks Road where they found him asleep.

He refused to comment when interviewed.

Mr Nassiri said Day also breached a restraining order on multiple occasions between October last year and February this year.

The restraining order banned him from having contact with his partner.

He breached the order by accompanying her to Leeds General Infirmary when she was admitted to give birth to their child.

Day also breached the order by sending her notes written on betting slips and asking his friends to deliver them for him.

Mark McKone, mitigating, said Day was not in possession of a knife at the time of the offence.

He added that his client had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

Sentencing Day, Judge Simon Phillips QC said: "Those men were providing a service to the public.

"You targeted their place of work, knowing that there could be cash on the premises.

"You caused them to believe that you had a knife., threatened to stab them and demanded money."