Published: 10:00, 21 April 2017
Mocking robber Reece Thomas thought it would be a laugh to steal a baseball cap from the pizza delivery man he had just attacked.
He then went on Facebook to boast about what he had done...while wearing the stolen cap.
Thomas was spotted by police days later armed with a knife and barricaded himself in a shed after telling officers: “If you come near me... I’ll f*****g kill you!”
Canterbury Crown Court heard how he was talked into dropping the weapon 45 minutes later and then gave himself up. He will now mark his 21st birthday inside the cell of a youth prison.
Thomas, of St Nicholas Road, Faversham, has been sent to a Young Offender’s Institute for 40 months after admitting robbery, affray and carrying a 12in knife.
Judge Rupert Lowe told him: “You committed this robbery for almost no reason, your victim punched and kicked in the face as he lay on the ground.
“Then on Facebook you boasted about it, wearing the stolen cap..no doubt thinking it was just a laugh!”
Prosecutor Donna East told how the victim Luca Tufo works for Domino’s Pizza in Preston Street and was attacked on March 10 as he was on his way to make a delivery.
She said that during the incident he was punched and kicked by two men – one of them was Thomas, who initially denied taking part in the attack but admitted taking the baseball cap.
Ms East said that when he was told he was to be charged with robbery, Thomas retorted: “What? Just for a f***** pizza?”
Mr Tufo suffered swelling to his cheek and an injury to his right eye and bruising to his forearm.
Her later told police that since the robbery he had been “shaken up and was constantly looking over his shoulder.”
Mr Tufo added: “This is not something I expected in this country.”
Philip Rowley, defending, said Thomas suffers from ADHD and his upbringing had been difficult, with his father being jailed for a sex attack.
But Judge Lowe was told that Thomas’ first conviction for violence was when he was 14.
He told him: “You are a young man who had a very poor start in life. From the inside it may well have felt the world has been against you throughout your life.
“But what you find difficult to recognise is how you appear from the outside, somebody who is dishonest and violent and this can no longer be used as an excuse to take it out on the rest of society.
“If you continue to blame the world for the way you are..you will simply spend most of your life in prison.”
The judge added: “This was out of control behaviour and in March you committed an extremely violent and nasty robbery on an innocent young man with long-lasting consequences.”
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