Personal trainer made rape threat to Elland Road McDonald's worker, spat at bus driver and burgled ex-girlfriend's home during cocaine-fuelled rampage

A personal trainer made rape threats to a staff member at a McDonald's restaurant in Leeds and spat at a bus driver after taking cocaine.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 11:45 am

David Burtonshaw then broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and damaged valuable artwork as he ransacked the property after being released on bail.

Leeds Crown Court heard staff at the McDonald's on Elland Road were shocked by his behaviour on November 19 last year.

Burtonshaw went to the premises after being released from Elland Road Police and banged on the window of the drive-thru area.

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McDonald's, Elland Road, Beeston.

The 28-year-old demanded to use the telephone and shouted foul-mouthed abuse when a staff member refused.

He approached another female member of staff outside the premises and threatened to rape her.

He said: "If she won't let me use the phone then I would do it."

Burtonshaw then walked to the front entrance, threw food at the window and licked it off.

Katherine White, prosecuting, said the staff members were frightened by his behaviour.

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When the driver refused Burtonshaw spat through the plastic screen of the driver's cab.

The spit entered the cab and the driver was frightened because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Burtonshaw was arrested and questioned by police in relation to the two incidents before being released.

Later that day he went to his ex-girlfriend's home in Huddersfield and asked for money for food.

The defendant kicked the door of the property when she refused to give him cash.

He forced his way into the house when she went out and caused extensive damage.

He smashed mirrors and destroyed artwork and picture frames.

He also stole jewellery, clothing and an Xbox.

Burtonshaw was arrested and denied carrying out the burglary.

He told officers he was at Manchester Piccadilly train station doing press-ups at the time of the incident.

Burtonshaw, of Whitehouse Lane, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to harassment, common assault, burglary and criminal damage.

Anna Bond, mitigating, said Burtonshaw had mental health problems at the time due to stress.

Ms Bond said the defendant had left his job as a manager at a Coral betting shop.

He had been hoping to start a career as a self-employed personal trainer but the business venture was struggling due to the pandemic.

Ms Bond said her client committed the offences after taking cocaine.

She said: "He is not an habitual drug user. He is in to health and fitness and personal training and did not realise it had an affect on his mental health."

Burtonshaw was given a ten-month sentence, suspended for two years. He was ordered to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Judge Penelope Belcher said: "I find it surprising, with personal trainer qualifications, that you did not understand the effect cocaine would have on you.

"You chose to do that. You ultimately were the cause of this psychosis. You are undoubtedly responsible for all of these offences."