Racist shoplifter’s eyes looked about to ‘burst from sockets’ before he hit Asda guard
A racist shoplifter who punched an Asda security guard and caused him to suffer a stroke due to the traumatic attack has been jailed.
Reece Booth, 21, attacked the security guard after he was suspected of shoplifting at the supermarket chain and told the officer to “look me up on Facebook, I’m a gangster”.
Leeds Crown Court heard how Booth was so enraged when approached by the guard that his eyes looked like they were going to “burst from their sockets”.
The court heard how he was with two women and an 11-year-old boy who were “behaving suspiciously” at an Asda store in the Middleton area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Feb 27, 2019.
A female security guard stopped the group in the foyer area as they tried to leave with items which they did not have a receipt for.
Booth immediately became aggressive and began hurling abuse at the staff member.
The court heard how the security officer was joined by some of her colleagues as Booth took off his jacket and said, “Look me up on Facebook, I’m a gangster” before unleashing his attack.
An ambulance was called and a doctor later informed him he had suffered a stroke as a result of the trauma of the incident.
The court was told how Booth had been involved in another incident in December 2018 where he attacked a couple and shouted racist abuse at the woman.
Describing the affray offence, Judge Robin Mairs said: “Those two people were set upon by your group like a pack of animals.”
Prosecutor Mark Kellet told the court how Booth and another defendant, Adam Barker, 19, were had attacked a couple at the National Express coach station in Leeds city centre on December 28, 2018.
Mr Kellet said the couple were on the way to the station when Booth shouted racial abuse at the woman.
Both and Barker were with four other males who turned violent when they were challenged over the comments.
The group carried out a “sustained attack” on the couple and used metal railings and chairs to attack them.
Booth, described as the ringleader of the attack, removed his belt during the incident and used it to hit the couple
The male victim suffered a broken jaw during the incident which only ended when security officers intervened.
Police were called to the area after being contacted by frightened members of the public who reported that a gang had been using a stun gun on people at random.
Booth, of Burley, pleaded guilty to affray and inflicting grievous bodily harm and was jailed for 30 months.
Barker, of Beeston, pleaded guilty to affray and possession of a prohibited weapon and was sent to a young offender institution for 14 months.