Drunken robber who stole pizza from Portsmouth delivery man is jailed

Convicted robber Darel Ward who stole pizza from a takeaway delivery driver in Estella Road, Portsmouth. He has been jailed.
Convicted robber Darel Ward who stole pizza from a takeaway delivery driver in Estella Road, Portsmouth. He has been jailed.

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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A DRUNKEN robber threatened a delivery driver with a metal bar and stole pizzas because he was hungry, a court heard.

Darel Ward had been at a house party and was drunk when he committed the crime in Estella Road, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that the 25-year-old did not have any money to pay for the takeaway.

Now Ward has been jailed for two-and-a-half years by recorder Nicholas Rowland QC after he pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one of possessing an offensive weapon.

The court heard the victim, a Domino’s delivery driver, went to Basin Street in Portsmouth to deliver £27.48 of food that had been ordered by phone.

When he got there the residents at the address he was sent to said they had not ordered a takeaway.

The victim called the number given when the order was made and was told to go to another address, in Estella Road. The driver was told the customer would come out and collect the food.

When the victim got to Estella Road he was approached by Ward.

Jane Terry, prosecuting, said: ‘He (Ward) was swinging a metal bar and the male said to him “give me the pizza”.

‘Fearing for his safety the driver handed over the pizza and the defendant then walked away.’

The victim was not injured in the robbery, which happened at about 7.20pm on January 22.

There is no suggestion that the weapon was used.

Roderick James, defending, said Ward, pictured, had shown some remorse.

Mr James added: ‘He was drunk and hungry and impulsive. That puts him in the position inevitably where he is going to go to prison and it is going to be measured in years.’

The court heard that Ward had handed himself in after hearing police were looking for him.

Addressing Ward, recorder Nicholas Rowland, sentencing, said: ‘He (the victim) was going about his lawful business delivering pizza and in my judgment in something of a vulnerable situation for people such as you who decide to rob somebody like that.

‘You had no business at all to behave as you did, drunk or otherwise.’

An order was made by the court for the metal bar to be forfeited and subsequently destroyed.