Man threatened Pizza Hut worker in Northampton with a knife after being told his pizza could not be delivered

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A 32-year-old man from Northampton who threatened a female worker at Pizza Hut with a knife after he was told his £5 pizza could not be delivered has avoided a jail sentence.

James Riley, of Viscount Road, Rectory Farm, Northampton, pleaded guilty to affray after an incident in a branch of Pizza Hut in Kingsley Park Terrace on January 29 at 11pm.

Northampton Crown Court heard Riley was heavily under the influence of alcohol when he walked into the restaurant and ordered a pizza that cost £5.

David Lee, prosecuting, said Riley then demanded that the pizza be delivered to his home but was told that he would have to spend £10 to get free delivery.

Riley then left Pizza Hut but came back a short time later and demanded a £5 refund. However, this was refused because the pizza was already being cooked.

Mr Lee said: “The defendant then produced a knife and became verbally abusive towards the female behind the counter.

“She then pressed the panic button to contact the police.”

Riley then left the Pizza Hut and was arrested by police officers on the Racecourse shortly afterwards.

Steven Evans, defending, said Riley had a “significant drink problem” and had the knife in his pocket because he was a carpet fitter.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith sentenced Riley to a 12-month community order, including 200 hours unpaid work and an alcohol treatment order of six moths. He must pay the victim surcharge of £60.