Thug attacked man following dispute at Sheffield takeaway

A thug who had been arguing with staff at a takeaway went on to repeatedly punch a customer.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 8:16 am
Updated Thursday, 26th March 2020, 1:34 pm

Lewis Kieran Grist, 24, of formerly of Rokeby Drive, Sheffield, had been having a row at Galaxy Pizza, on Wordsworth Drive, Parson Cross, before he lashed-out at a customer in the street, according to a Sheffield Magistrates’ Court hearing.

Prosecuting solicitor David Marshall told the hearing today, Thursday, March 12, that Grist was arguing with staff and as the customer left words were exchanged and he was attacked.

Mr Marshall said Grist ran across to the complainant and punched him to the left side of his head and as the complainant tried to take a photo the defendant returned and punched him again.

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Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

Grist, of Southey Avenue, Longley, pleaded guilty to assault by beating after the attack on July 17. He also admitted breaching a previously imposed suspended prison sentence order.

Helen White, defending, said the matter has been hanging over Grist for a long time and he has been diagnosed with a personality disorder and has undergone intensive treatment.

Ms White added that Grist is due to go back to work and he has secured new accommodation.

She explained the assault was a one-off incident after Grist had become involved in a dispute with the takeaway owner concerning the defendant’s sister.

Miss White said: “It arises after an argument in a takeaway and he was coming to the rescue of his sister.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until March 26 to consider a probation service report before sentencing.