A would-be robber who tried to rob two post offices has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years.
Belfast Crown Court heard that Emanuel Michael Masterson, (47), and another man first tried to rob the Andersonstown Post Office in Belfast on February 17, 2010.
But a terrified attendant pressed the panic button as Masterson stood banging on the glass panel shouting “Get the money”, prosecution lawyer Dougie Edmondson said.
His shouting, however, did not have the desired effect, as the teller ducked down below the counter and phoned for the police.
Mr Edmondson said that about half an hour later in nearby Turf Lodge, Masterson and an unknown accomplice tried to rob a second post office — with the same unsuccessful result.
The lawyer added that Masterson, of Vere Foster Walk, was arrested shortly afterwards as he fled the scene in an old red Fiesta car. Although a toy BB gun, gloves and a makeshift balaclava were recovered, he remained silent during interview.
Masterson was ordered to serve half his sentence in jail, while the remainder is to be carried out under supervised licensed parole.