Jail for drunken attackers who robbed teenager of his pizza
7:40am Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
TWO men who robbed a teenager of his pizza while 'heavily under the influence of alcohol' have been jailed for 18 months each.
Andrew Ian Fry, of Evans Street, Barry, and Ian Wayne McDonnell, of St Luke’s Avenue, Penarth, were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, October 3), after being found guilty at an earlier hearing of robbery.
The court was told that on Saturday, November 12, 2011, the victim – a 16-year-old boy – had spent the day with friends in Cardiff and had caught a train from Cardiff Queen Street station home to Penarth.
McDonnell and Fry, both aged 23, boarded the service at Cardiff Central and sat across the aisle from the victim. Both were drinking at the time.
When the teenager got off the train at Penarth, he was followed by McDonnell and Fry, who confronted and attacked him on an exit ramp, stealing his pizza.
CCTV footage from the train was examined and images of McDonnell and Fry were circulated by investigating officers from British Transport Police (BTP). Both were identified by a police officer at Penarth, while McDonnell was also identified by the victim during an identification parade.
In interview, McDonnell said he could not remember much about the incident because he had drunk at least 16 cans of lager and a quantity of vodka. He denied the attack.
Fry said he had been drinking with McDonnell in Cardiff during the day, consuming around eight cans and two pints of lager. He admitted approaching the victim but claimed it was in a friendly manner.
Detective Constable Keven Duckett, from BTP Cardiff, said: “Both McDonnell and Fry were heavily under the influence of alcohol when they carried out this attack on a teenager travelling alone. Their actions left him feeling vulnerable and intimidated.
“Good quality CCTV on board the train helped us quickly identify them, and build a case against them.
“We welcome the sentences handed down and hope it sends a clear message to those who believe they can be violent with impunity.
“Although this kind of criminal behaviour is rare on the rail network, BTP takes these incidents extremely seriously and we will continue to work closely with passengers, rail staff and the media to bring offenders to justice.”