A homeless wheelchair user was barricaded into the KFC customer toilets after a failed robbery in which he pretended his fingers were a gun. Christopher Cornish caused havoc after his demands for £10 from the till were turned down.
The 31-year-old, who suffers from mental illnesses, swept customers' drinks to the floor then wheeled himself to the toilets where he caused more chaos by pulling a sink from the wall.
Staff barricaded him in but Cornish shouted threats to kill them and made remarks about a member of staff being Chinese and using the P-word.
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The defendant appeared for sentence at Exeter Crown Court after admitting affray, two offences of racially aggravated public disorder, and criminal damage.
He was jailed for seven months. The sentence will be added to the 50 weeks he is currently serving in prison for other matters.
Prosecutor Mr Matt Jackson said the offence happened just after 11pm at the East Street, Taunton, KFC on April 13, 2020. Cornish demanded money from the till while pretending his fingers in his jacket were a firearm.
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He demanded £10 or he would shoot.Staff refused but were worried enough by his behaviour to press the alarm button.
"He then became aggressive to a number of people nearby," said the prosecutor. He swept away the drink cartons and food then pushed his way through the doors to the customer toilets.
When staff barricaded him he shouted 'I'm going to kill you as soon as I get out' and that he would get his brother to harm them.
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He called a member of staff 'a Chinese c**t' and used the P-word. While in the toilet he broke a number of items and damaged plumbing to the cost of about £300.
Cornish denied a bail breach. Mr Jackson said the defendant had failed to attend court on a previous occasion. The case had been moved from Taunton to Exeter because it had better accessibility for wheelchair users but Cornish said this meant he had to travel 40 miles out of his way so could not get to court.
Ms Chloe Griggs, defending, said Cornish, who only has one leg, was homeless when he committed the offences and had been pressured by others to do it. He had just been robbed himself of £10. He suffers from schizophrenia, personality disorders and other complex needs. He had been leading a chaotic life and prison had been difficult for him.
Judge Davis Evans said Cornish had a long history of offending, mostly for criminal damage but he acknowledged he was a vulnerable individual with mental health problems, made worse by drug and alcohol misuse.