Thief burst into McDonald’s brandishing knife in one hand and PENIS in other

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Thief burst into McDonald’s brandishing knife in one hand and PENIS in other

By Graeme Wilkinson

A crazed thief burst into a branch of McDonald’s brandishing a knife in one hand and his penis in the other.

Edward James Wright was arrested by police after the bizarre incident at 6.30am on August 28.

A court heart McDonald’s staff were forced to hurriedly lock the doors after the 28-year-old smashed the front door of the restaurant, he then assaulted the manager as he came to work.

A court heard he had already tried to rob a man at knife point in a nearby garage forecourt during the early morning of that day.

He appeared at Truro Crown Court and pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, possessing a knife, assault, criminal damage and exposure.

Staff at a branch of McDonald’s were left terrified by the incident
(Image: PA)

Prosecutor Jason Beal said staff at the petrol station on Penwinnick Road in St Austell were first alerted when they were approached by a woman who had been crying. She was followed by Wright who was acting in a menacing and abusive manner.

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He said Wright pulled a knife from his coat pocket and the staff retreated, locking themselves in the garage shop, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Mr Beal said a customer then walked across the forecourt and was approached by Wright who demanded he hand over his wallet, mobile phone and car keys. The customer ran away to the nearby McDonald’s and told staff to lock the doors.

“The defendant approached and began banging his knife against the window,” Mr Beal added. “He appeared to damage his knife and, in response to that, the defendant then took his penis out of his trousers and began waving that around to the people who were inside.”

He said Wright smashed the front door window and then assaulted the restaurant manager, Mr Milner, who had just arrived at work.

The court heard Wright had been convicted in 2007 of possessing a knife.

Paul Gallagher, mitigating, said Wright was originally from Birmingham but had recently come to Cornwall and found himself homeless.

He said he had been living in a tent in woods near the petrol station. He said Wright had not taken his medication for bipolar disorder and also admitted to drinking three bottles of cider and smoking cannabis the night before.

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“He has very little recollection of what did happen but he has no wish to dispute what the witnesses say,” he said.

“Mr Wright does accept that everybody who was there and saw him had the potential to be terrified by what was going on. He says he is very sorry for the fear and upset he caused on that day.”

Speaking to Wright, 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.”

He added: “I accept the very difficult circumstances you were living in. That was not your fault that you were homeless.

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“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.”

For robbery, Wright was sentenced to 32 months in prison. For possessing the knife, he was sentenced to 8 months in prison and for assault to two months in prison, each to run concurrently.

There was no separate penalty for the criminal damage or exposure charges. Wright was jailed for a total of 32 months.

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