Ad­dict at­tacked take­away staff

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A FOR­MER mu­sic stu­dent who punched staff and tried to steal from a fast food out­let dur­ing a drug-fu­elled rage has ap­peared at court.

Ash­ford Mag­is­trates Court heard how David Robin­son, 19, of Si­mon’s Av­enue, South Ash­ford, tried to kill him­self af­ter he was ar­rested for the in­ci­dent at the KFC in Beaver Road on Fe­bru­ary 6.

He pleaded guilty to the of­fences of tres­pass­ing, com­mon as­sault and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour.

Donna East, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “He was ex­tremely drunk and at­tempted to open the till but was un­able to.

“He de­manded staff open the tills.

“At that time he lashed out at the team leader and punched an­other mem­ber of staff.

“He con­tin­ued into the kitchen and into a walk-in freezer where he opened a box of frozen chips and threw them across the floor.

“His be­hav­iour and vio- lence con­tin­ued to es­ca­late at the po­lice sta­tion.

“An of­fi­cer had to sit with him in a cell as he was smash­ing his head against the wall and tried to hang him­self with his own clothes.”

The court heard how Robin­son, a for­mer stu­dent at the Bri­tish Academy of Mu­sic, had been tak­ing drugs from a young age, in­clud­ing crack co­caine and heroin.

Robin­son, who com­mit­ted the of­fences while on bail, was re-sen­tenced for a charge of driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­sur­ance in Oc­to­ber.

He was given a sus­pended sen­tence of a to­tal of 120 days.

He was also sen­tenced to carry out a 18-month su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ment, six­month drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme and sub­stance abuse course.

He was or­dered to pay £50 com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim of the as­sault and £43 costs.

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