Kettering man caused £4,000 of damage by kicking in McDonald’s windows – to make a cappuccino

McDonald's in High Street, Kettering
McDonald's in High Street, Kettering

A Kettering man who kicked in the windows of a town centre fast-food restaurant before making himself a cappuccino has avoided jail.

Joseph Rush, 35, of Yarwell Court, Highfield Crescent, pleaded guilty to the charges facing him at Wellingborough Magistrates Court on Wednesday (October 19).

The court heard how at 3am on September 29, Rush broke into the McDonald’s in Kettering’s High Street.

Prosecuting, Sally Bedford said he smashed a side window before breaking the glass at the front of the store, causing £4,251 worth of damage.

Rush then kicked in the remaining glass panes and helped himself to a cappuccino, worth £1.50.

He was identified after being spotted on CCTV by a police officer who knew of Rush.

Rush was previously convicted of criminal damage at the same store in November 2013 and was given an exclusion order banning him from the restaurant.

He told magistrates that staff at McDonald’s had placed an electric chip in his arm which controlled him and that he had a ‘vendetta’ against them.

Mitigating, Andy Gibson told the court that his client had a number of issues.

He said: “This is a very serious case and a considerable amount of damage has been done.

“Rush accepts that he has caused the damage.

“He has a number of both mental issues and physical injuries.

“Prison would not actually achieve anything.”

Chairman of the bench Jacqueline Shore handed Rush 18 weeks in prison for the burglary and four weeks concurrent for the criminal damage, suspended for two years.

He was also given a restraining order barring him from entering any McDonald’s in Northamptonshire, and ordered to pay compensation of £300.