A man knocked out a woman he had just met in a pub so that he could steal £50 from her for a kebab and a taxi home.
Jack Edmonds, 21, met the woman at a pub in Wirral where he had been watching France beat Croatia in the World Cup final on July 15.
After the game, he led the woman to a secluded street at around 11.40pm, which led the woman to become nervous and start turning away.
But before she could, he attacked her, causing her to lose a tooth and become unconscious while covered in blood.
He then stole £50 from her and ran off.
When she came round, she was left knocking on strangers’ doors for help while Edmonds went to a takeaway for a kebab before getting a taxi home to Wirral.
He was arrested before he got home however, with police tracing the cab he had climbed into and stopping it before it reached his Rock Ferry destination.
When he was stopped, Edmonds had blood spatter on his face and an injury to his hand, which was bleeding.
Police found £5 in his possession. He had paid £40 in cash for the taxi as well as £5 on the kebab.
Yesterday, Judge Roger Dutton jailed Edmonds, of no fixed abode, to three years and five months for robbery and praised police for the ‘good bit of detective work’ in immediately tracing the taxi.
Detective Constable Tom Philpotts, of Chester CID, said: ‘Edmonds led the victim towards a secluded area knowing that he was going to assault her and take her money.
‘With only the thought of money on his mind Edmonds didn’t hesitate when carrying out his violent attack.
‘He left her unconscious on the floor and then scared and upset when she woke to find herself covered in blood.
‘This was a violent and callous crime. I hope Edmonds admitting his guilt will help the victim to move on from this as she comes to terms with her terrifying ordeal.’