Asda supermarket staff screamed as a group of thugs dressed a superheroes attacked them for a sick online prank.
Josh McDonald and others arrived at the South London Asda supermarket in a limousine before ambushing security guards and workers, causing one female staff member to be knocked unconscious and others to be injured.
Screaming and shouts of “Oh my god” can be heard in the Asda storeroom on the footage as a near-riot breaks out between employees and the group of pranksters.
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Staff members said the incident left them “scared and traumatised” with one security guard adding: “I believe this group were either on some kind of drugs or were evil people.”
Five members of the group – who were dressed up as characters including Superman, a nun and Ali G – were later charged and pleaded guilty to participating in the violent brawl.
McDonald, 33, who had previously been revealed by MailOnline as a black belt martial arts champion, admitted violent disorder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).
Young mum Sophie Roberts, 19, also pleaded guilty to ABH assault and public disorder involving threats of violence.
George O’Boyle, 30, admitted violent disorder and ABH, while Mark Pettigrew, 39, and Rikki McKenzie, 37, admitted public order offences involving threats of violence.
The group of five were due to be sentenced on Friday (June 2) at Kingston Crown Court but the hearing was delayed due to prison van delays, with just Pettigrew dealt with.
Nick Mather, prosecuting, said. “This was entirely self centred, inconsiderate and seemingly oblivious to the distress their actions might cause in a store at this time of night.”
The stunt was organised by a group called Live Madness Replays, with the incident involving so-called influencers from London and Northampton.
The incident occurred after 10pm in July 2021 while the shop was subject to Covid-19 restrictions and shocked and disgusted hundreds of thousands of people online.
After arriving outside the store on Lavender Hill in a limousine, Roberts, dressed like Little Red Riding Hood, was seen walking in with her mobile phone.
A short while later, the remainder of the group entered the store and began causing havoc by firing a confetti cannon and shouting.
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Shocking CCTV videos show the group ambushing an Asda employee and assaulting him near the vegetables aisle, before the group begin fighting more staff members.
When supervisor Lauren Scott attempted to intervene and stop Roberts on her rampage, she was punched in the face.
As she attempted to defend herself, McDonald marched over in his Spider-Man costume before high-kicking and punching her in the head, causing her to fall unconscious.
Meanwhile, one-legged McKenzie, of Northampton, used his wheelchair to ram a security guard into the aisles.
McDonald proceeded to use a crutch to swing at the staff while hollering abuse and Pettigrew entered a confrontation after attempting to access staff offices.
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The court was showing pictures of various employees and members of the public with bruises and injuries, including a fractured eye socket and back pain.
The court heard that McDonald, who has 52 previous convictions, was also due to be sentenced for an assault in Northampton, in which he slashed a man across the face with a shard of glass.
Sentencing only Pettigrew, Judge Mark Bryant-Heron KC handed him a four month sentence which has been suspended for six months, as well as fined £300 with an additional victim surcharge of £128.
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