Knifeman’s unhappy meal at McDonald’s

McDonald's at Farringdon, Sunderland.
McDonald's at Farringdon, Sunderland.
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FRUSTRATED yob Jess Ryan wasn’t “lovin it” when McDonald’s staff told him he couldn’t walk through a drive-thru.

The drunken thug was so annoyed he pulled a knife out, made a grab for the till, and smashed five windows at the Farringdon restaurant.

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Now the 21-year-old only has prison food to look forward to after he was jailed yesterday.

Ryan’s rampage began when he was told by McDonald’s staff that he needed a car to use the drive-thru window.

Unhappy with the service he was receiving, he thrust a knife through the open window.

Police were called and a sniffer dog recovered a kitchen knife buried in nearby shrubbery.

Ryan, of Toronto Road, Thorney Close, was arrested and found to be drunk.

He initially denied his involvement, but accepted it was him when shown the CCTV footage of the New Year’s Eve incident.

Prosecutor Simon Worthy told Newcastle Crown Court: “He said he wanted some food and brandished the knife because they wouldn’t serve him.

“He said he had the knife for his own protection.”

McDonald’s has put in a claim for £2,400 compensation.

Ryan was also sentenced for two other incidents last year, including criminal damage and common assault on September 30.

The court heard he had approached Somad Miah, who owns the Aroma Spice takeaway in Sunderland, and asked him to hand over the keys to his black Alfa Romeo car, which was parked outside.

When Mr Miah refused, Ryan jumped up on to the car, stamping on the windscreen and smashing it, before punching his victim in the face.

The second incident occurred just days before the McDonald’s incident, in the early hours of Christmas Day.

He was charged with criminal damage after he threw a stone through the window of Javad Negahdar’s window.

Mr Worthy said: “When he was arrested and taken to the police station a small amount of cocaine was recovered from his sock.”

Ryan admitting possessing an offensive weapon, two counts of criminal damage at McDonald’s, common assault and another criminal damage for Mr Miah’s car, during earlier hearings at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Defending, Mr Jamie Adams said: “This is the first time he has ever been in custody, and he’s been there for four months on remand. It’s been a wake-up call for him.

“The letter he has written for the court illustrates a really quite different Jess Ryan than we have previously seen.”

Ryan was also in breach of a suspended sentence for causing actual bodily harm, imposed last October.

He was jailed for 18 months – nine months for the breach, six for possession of an offensive weapon, and three for assaulting Mr Miah, to run consecutively.

He also received three months for the criminal damage offences, to run concurrently to the other sentences.

Judge John Evans told him: “This sort of behaviour can only be met now with a custodial sentence.

“If you want to have any sort of life outside of custody, you must change your ways.”