A takeaway worker was stabbed in a fast food shop by a transgender customer after a row erupted over a bag of chips.

A court heard how Armani Walker flew into a rage at the Mega Chicken shop in Handsworth, Birmingham, when he was refused a refund for the greasy snack.

He recruited a pal who has never been identified to help launch an attack on the terrified worker.

Mitigating, Jason Pegg, said his actions were "very much out of character", his "thinking skills have been impacted" because he's "going through the transgender process".

Walker flew into a rage at Mega Chicken after he was refused a refund for a bag of chips

Walker, also known as Chanel, had gone into Mega Chicken in Birmingham just after 4pm on April 28 this year with two children.

"He ordered some chips but an argument then started about the chips and he asked for a refund," said Rupert Jones, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court.

Walker then marched behind the counter and argued with the takeaway worker.

Police at the scene in Birmingham

At one point he picked up a knife and put it down on the counter — the victim moved to put it out of reach.

The terrified victim tried to escape but the other man held on to his shirt and Walker again swung the knife at him, Mr Jones said.

Eventually he did manage to get out and took refuge in a nearby shop, the court was told.

His two attackers tried to follow but were not let in.

The defendant then returned to the premises and took £10 from the till.

Mr Jones said Walker made contact once with the victim, stabbing him in his left shoulder.

He said as a result of the attack the victim did not go back to work for two to three months and was scared his attackers would come back.

In passing sentence Judge Francis Laird said "You plainly resented the fact that you had been ejected. You felt you had been hard done by by the refusal of a refund.

"You repeatedly tried to stab him. It was a fast moving incident."

He said he had taken into account that he had had difficulties in recent times and that he had read references from others who described him otherwise to be a "gentle man."

His solicitor added: "He is shocked and deeply remorseful for what he did. This was very much out of character.

"He is biologically a woman and is going through the transgender process. That has impacted on his thinking skills."

Mr Pegg said it had resulted in him suffering from anxiety and depression, and the injury to the victim could have been much more serious.

Walker, 24, of Handsworth, who had previously admitted wounding with intent, threatening with a blade and theft, was jailed for five years and three months, Birmingham Live reports.