A homeless man terrified McDonald’s staff in Cornwall when he began waving his penis around with one hand and a knife in the other.
Edward James Wright had already threatened staff at a nearby petrol station and held someone up at knife point before to got to the St Austell McDonald’s.
Wright pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court to charges of robbery, possessing a knife, assault, criminal damage and exposure.
Prosecutor Jason Beal described how Wright chased a man he had tried to mug to McDonald’s at 6.30am on August 28.
He said: ‘The defendant approached and began banging his knife against the window.
‘He appeared to damage his knife and, in response to that, the defendant then took his penis out of his trousers and began waving that around to the people who were inside.’
Wright then smashed the front door window and then assaulted the restaurant manager which led to staff being forced to lock the doors.
Edward James Wright waved his penis around outside McDonald’s St Austell branch (Picture: Google)
Wright was arrested by police after the incident at 6.30am on August 28..
He appeared at Truro Crown Court and pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, possessing a knife, assault, criminal damage and exposure.
The Birmingham Mail reported the court heard Wright had been convicted in 2007 of possessing a knife.
Paul Gallagher, mitigating, said Wright was originally from Birmingham but went to Cornwall and then became homeless. On the day of the attack he had not taken his medication for bi-polar disorder and had been drinking alcohol the previous night.
He said: ‘He has very little recollection of what did happen but he has no wish to dispute what the witnesses say.’
Wright was sentenced to 32 months at Truro Crown Court (Picture: PA)
‘Mr Wright does accept that everybody who was there and saw him had the potential to be terrified by what was going on. He says he is very sorry for the fear and upset he caused on that day.’
When sentencing him to 32 months Judge Robert Linford said: ‘You were threatening and menacing and completely out of control.
‘You threatened someone by making demands of their keys and wallet and the person concerned flees. You waved your genitals around because you are drunk and stupid.’