A MAN who stole from his friend at a cashpoint after a night of drinking and drug-taking has been sent to jail.
John Brennan, of Madras Street, South Shields, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after admitting robbery and possession of a knife at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.
Michael Bunch, prosecuting said: “The victim had spent the evening of January 28 at Brennan’s house with another man, and all three had been drinking.”
He said that when the group ran out of money, they went to a cash machine, and when one of the men went to withdraw a small sum of money, Brennan leaned over and pressed the £100 button.
Mr Bunch said: “Brennan was heard to say ‘I’ve got a blade. I’ll slash you’, and he then started to throw blows at the other man. Banknotes were ripped, and the victim suffered cuts.
“The defendant ran off, telling the two men not go to the police about what had happened.”
Vic Laffey, defending, said: “This was an attempted robbery. The defendant was in the habit of using the knife to cut the wire off the back of discarded electricals.
“He didn’t take it out to cause an injury. The situation simply escalated.”
Judge Brian Forster said: “You were with some friends, and it is clear that you were in drink and you, by your own admission, had taken some drugs, but one of your friends owed you some money.
“You acted in an unpredictable and criminal way.
“You produced a Stanley knife which you had in your possession.”
As Brennan walked out of the dock, the judge said to him: “Please sort out your problems. Thank you.”