Man jailed for pizza delivery robbery - Bedford

13/05/2014

A man who lured a pizza delivery driver to the block of flats in Bedford where he lived so that he could rob him has today, Tuesday, 13 May 2014, been jailed for 15 months.

Craig Bennett phoned the takeaway shop where the driver worked and placed an order. When driver Mohammed Naseri turned up at the block of flats in Milburn Road, Bedford in the early hours of 05 August last year, Bennett launched a vicious attack, kicking and punching the driver and taking the food.

At Luton Crown Court Bennett, a father of four, pleaded guilty to a single charge of robbery.

Adam Pearson prosecuting said the pizza delivery company received the telephone call for a pizza to be dispatched at around 2am. The caller said the order was for flat number 11.

Mr Pearson said Bennett, who had been drinking, appeared at the communal door to the building when the driver arrived and took part of the order, saying his girlfriend was coming with the cash to pay for the food.

The court heard the driver returned to his car to get the remainder of the food, but on returning to the entry door was set upon by Bennett who punched him about the head.

The prosecutor said Bennett kicked Mr Naseri in the stomach who was forced to run back to his car. Police were called and enquiries led them to Bennett, who lived at flat number 3 in the building.

He denied robbing Mr Naseri, but the court heard how last November he walked into Greyfriars Police Station and admitted he had carried it out.

Tim Nutley defending said his client hadn't stopped to think about the consequences of phoning for a pizza knowing he didn't have the money to pay. The court heard how at the time of the offence the defendant had lost contact with his four young children and was suffering from depression.

Since the offence, said Mr Nutley, Bennett, who is unemployed, had been allowed to see his children on a regular basis and was now planning to move away from the Bedford area and its "negative influences."

Passing sentence Mr Justice Davis said the driver had been carrying out a public service when he was attacked. "You ordered food knowing perfectly well you didn't have the money to pay for it. You chose to rob this man knowing you didn't have the money. You did it using a shod foot to attack him - it makes it all the more serious."

He jailed him for 15 months.

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