Leeds thug Reece Booth shouted 'I'm a gangster' before punching Asda security guard

A security guard suffered a stroke after being punched by a suspected shoplifter at an Asda store in Leeds.

Reece Booth reacted to being suspected of shoplifting at the Middleton store by using Jamaican Patois swear words, claiming he is a gangster and punching the security guard.

The 21-year-old, of Autumn Grove, Burley, Leeds, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He also pleaded guilty to affray in relation to an attack in which a group racially abused a woman at Leeds coach station before attacking her boyfriend with railings and chairs.

He also pleaded guilty to affray in relation to an attack in which a group racially abused a woman at Leeds coach station before attacking her boyfriend with railings and chairs.

Prosecutor Mark Kellet said Booth attacked the security guard on February 27, 2019.

Mr Kellet said a woman was seen acting suspiciously in the store before joining three others outside, including Booth and an 11-year-old boy.

A security guard stopped the group in the doorway and asked for a receipt for items in the woman’s basket.

Leeds Crown Court heard Booth immediately became aggressive and started taking off his jacket.

The security officer was joined by some of her colleagues as Booth started speaking Jamaican Patois and said: “Look me up on Facebook, I’m a gangster.”

He was asked why he was speaking an ‘African’ language and he replied: “My mum’s half-caste, you racist b*****d.”

The defendant then swung a punch which struck the male security guard on the chin.

The victim developed pain to the left side of his ear after the attack.

The prosecutor said: “He felt like his eyes were going to burst from their sockets and his speech became slurred.”

An ambulance was called and a doctor later informed him he had suffered a stroke as a result of the trauma of the incident.

Mr Kellet said the injury caused by the defendant aggravated a pre-existing condition the victim had suffered from three years earlier.

Booth and another defendant, Adam Barker, were also involved in an attack on 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 Booth 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 attack and used it to hit the couple.

The victim suffered a broken jaw and the attack 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

Barker, 19, of Bridge Farm, Beeston, Leeds, pleaded guilty to affray and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Kara Frith, mitigating for Booth, said her client regrets both incidents and understands the harm he caused.

She said he committed the offences to fit in with his peers but has now distanced himself from those people.

She said the soon-to-be father suffers from type 1 diabetes but does not look after it well.

Eddison Flint, mitigating for Barker, said his client was aged 17 at the time of the affray.

Mr Flint said Barker accepted being in possession of the taser when police arrived but had not been responsible for discharging the weapon during the incident.

Barker was sent to a young offender institution for a year and two months.

Describing the affray offence, Judge Robin Mairs told the defendants: “This was mob violence in a public area. Those two people were set upon by your group like a pack of animals.”


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