Man stole pizza from delivery driver

A man has been jailed at Derry Crown Court for the theft of a pizza from a delivery man.

Dean McBride (22) of Strand Road admitted one charge of robbery on January 3 last year. The court was told that a pizza was ordered and the number of the person ordering it was not recognised. At 3a.m. when the van driver stopped at the Strathfoyle address to open a gate two men including McBride, approached him.

The other man grabbed the delivery man by the T-shirt tearing it before making off with the pizza and the hot bag. Some days later a man was arrested for another incident and while in custody asked police to phone McBride. The number he gave was the same as that used to order the pizza. A subsequent identity parade resulted in McBride being picked out.

Judge Philip Babington said McBride had a ‘very poor record’ with 26 previous convictions. He said the defendant was convicted in 2011 of another charge of robbery where a vehicle was taken from an elderly couple for which McBride was given two years in custody. The court heard that McBride was released on August 9 2013 and over the next six months he was convicted of three different offences. In March 2014 his licence was revoked and Judge Babington said this was ‘not before time’ and his licence ‘should have been revoked still earlier.’ He said the defendant was due for release in August 2015 and the new sentence would only begin then. He sentenced McBride to two years in prison with 9 months in custody and 15 months on licence.