A former Mangerton man ordered a pizza and then held up the delivery driver, robbing him at knifepoint before eating the proceeds of the crime in a late-night armed hold-up, Wollongong Local Court has heard.
Phillip Lynch, of Sydney suburb Lidcombe, held a knife against a Domino Pizza delivery man's stomach and demanded his cash and phone when the driver turned up with his pizza order, the court heard yesterday.
The 29-year-old, who pleaded guilty to the robbery, admitted to using a fake female voice to confirm his food request and to eating several pizzas taken out of the victim's car.
A staff member at the Figtree pizza store took a call from a private number, just before 11pm on July 10, a statement before the court said. The caller attempted to place a delivery order for an address in Mangerton but was told orders could only be made with a supplied phone number, and quickly hung up.
Just minutes later, the caller rang again and asked for a pizza, but this time provided a phone number and address, which was confirmed by a "female" in a later phone call.
The victim, a part-time delivery driver, then left the store with the pizza and drove to the unit, parking his car out the front.
He saw Lynch waving from a window and noted the man had a jumper pulled up over his head.
Lynch walked towards the man who, as he got closer, wrapped a towel around his face, the court heard. He then demanded the driver's cash before he took a knife from his pants and held it against the victim's body.
Lynch told the man: "I don't want to hurt you, just give me your money, wallet and phone." The driver handed over a pencil case with about $10 in coins inside. Lynch then fled the scene. The driver rang his manager and reported the robbery.
Police later arrested Lynch, and he initially denied the offences but admitted to eating numerous stolen pizzas.
He eventually admitted to the crime, divulging the "female voice" on the phone was actually him. Lynch yesterday pleaded guilty to armed robbery and will be sentenced on October 12.