A MAN has been sent to prison after he robbed a vulnerable man just three months after being spared jail.
Jamie Reynolds, 21, of no fixed abode but from the Blacon area, pleaded guilty to robbing Anthony McCluskey on October 7.
He had been sentenced to a community order in July for his involvement in another robbery at the Groves in Chester in September, 2012.
On that occasion, Reynolds and his father Martin Reynolds pretended to be undercover police officers before robbing an iPod from a teenager at knifepoint.
Reynolds received a community order because he had already spent seven months in custody and the defence proved he did not know his father had a knife with him.
The pair had tried to get three teenagers to empty their pockets by pretending they were police officers.
When they refused, Martin Reynolds produced a knife and the pair made off with an iPod.
After his release from custody, Jamie Reynolds moved to Mid Cheshire.
Chester Crown Court heard he and another man, who has not been identified, robbed Mr McCluskey on Malpas Road, Northwich.
The two men approached the victim and Reynolds punched him to the side of head, knocking him to the ground while demanding his backpack.
The accomplice then produced a knife which he held to Mr McCluskey’s throat before putting it away again.
Mr McCluskey began to walk away and the unidentified man then pulled the backpack, breaking the straps, and he and Reynolds made off with it.
Chris Hopkins, prosecuting, said victim had learning disabilities and the bag contained was six PlayStation games, six cans of lager and six cans of cider.
He told the court Reynolds had 24 previous convictions for 36 offences dating back to 2009.
Chris Hunt, defending, described the robbery as “unplanned and idiotic”. He said Reynolds knew Mr McCluskey and did not wear any disguise during the robbery.
He argued Reynolds had played a lesser role as he did not brandish a knife or rip the backpack off Mr McCluskey.
Recorder Andrew Thomas QC sentenced Reynolds to two years and three months in prison for the robbery. He revoked the community order for the previous robbery at the Groves and sentenced him to another three months in prison which will be served consecutively.
He also ordered him to pay a £200 victim surcharge.
Mr Thomas told Reynolds: “The two offences I’m dealing with are the most serious in your long record with the most recent one coming against a vulnerable victim.
“Minor injury occurred and the value of the property was not have great but the serious thing you did was cause that man to be scared for his life.”