Teenager bit pizza shop worker

PUBLISHED: 11:28 13 September 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

A TEENAGER bit and punched a man working in a pizza shop in Ely after drinking six litres of cider. Robert Redford, 19, of Orton Drive, Ely, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Hasan Tas in Millennium Pizza, on August 15. He also pleaded guilt

A TEENAGER bit and punched a man working in a pizza shop in Ely after drinking six litres of cider.

Robert Redford, 19, of Orton Drive, Ely, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Hasan Tas in Millennium Pizza, on August 15.

He also pleaded guilty to smashing the shop window.

Prosecutor Matthew Bradbury read out a statement from Mr Tas at Ely magistrates Court last Tuesday.

It said that Redford and a friend came into the pizza shop and asked to shelter from the rain. Mr Tas believed Mr Redford to be very drunk and soon asked him to leave. But Redford became increasingly abusive and threw a box of chips over the counter in his direction.

Mr Tas explained that he became quite scared and grabbed a broom to threaten Redford with, but the teenager threw this away before punching him in the face, holding him on the floor and biting him on the ear and arm.

Redford was pulled off Mr Tas by a friend but smashed a board into the shop window.

Mitigating, Adam Haselhurst said: "Mr Redford was clearly very drunk and he says he can remember very little about the incident.

"Alcohol is at the heart of this. Mr Redford realises that when he drinks he is a different person and he has not had a single drink since the incident."

Redford was given a two-month suspended prison sentence, to last 12 months, made to pay £50 compensation to Mr Tas, £146.88 to replace the window and £50 court costs.

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