Ipswich: Gang locked up for robbery of pizza delivery man

A GANG of teenagers who were involved in the late-night knifepoint robbery of a pizza delivery driver have been locked up for a total of ten years.

The delivery driver, who worked for a branch of Pizza Hut, was lured to a false address in Sallows Close, Ipswich, at around midnight where he was confronted by two groups of three youths with their faces partially covered, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

One of the group, 17-year-old Ruan Ferreira, produced a knife and ordered the 25-year-old driver to hand over the pizzas, which were worth around �60.

The driver did as he was told and backed away and the gang took the pizzas back to a flat and ate them, said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.

Before the court were Ferreira, of Blackfriars Court, Ipswich; Marcio Muchanga, 17 of Bramford Road, Ipswich; Lloyd Millwood, 17, of Aston Close, Ipswich; Brandon Driver, 17, of Morgan Drive, Ipswich; Kuda Mashamba, 17, of Lupin Road, Ipswich and a 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old youth who cannot be named.

All seven admitted conspiracy to commit robbery.

Ferreira was sentenced to 32 months detention and Muchanga, Millwood and Driver were each sentenced to a 24 month detention and training order.

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The 15-year-old was sentenced to a 12 month detention and training order and Kuda Mashamba was sentenced to an eight month detention and training order.

The 17-year-old girl was made the subject of a six month referral order.

Sentencing the gang Judge John Devaux said the pizza delivery driver had been lured to a false address and there was evidence of pre-planning.

Mr Sadd told the court the defendants had agreed between them that no payment would be made to the driver and the pizzas would be taken by robbery.

The female defendant had stayed at a flat while the six youths, who had their faces partially covered, went to the false address and met up with the delivery driver who was threatened with a knife by Ferreira.

Mr Sadd said Ferreira had later told police the group wanted pizza but had no money and had agreed to rob the delivery driver but not to hurt him.

The court heard that none of the defendants had any previous convictions.

Mr Sadd said the delivery driver had made a victim impact statement in which he said that since the robbery he had become more wary when he made deliveries.