A man who robbed a prostitute after putting a gun to her throat and telling her he was from the IRA has been jailed for six years.
Jailing Jonathan Robert Mc Cloy (23), Judge Tom Burgess told him his victim was a "vulnerable lady" who would have no idea the gun he pointed at her was fake.
"She was in a position where it was very difficult for her to defend herself," said the Belfast Crown Court judge. He said that in addition to punishing McCloy "the sentence has to include a substantial element of deterrence ... for others who would be minded to carry out such robberies".
Earlier he heard that police arrested McCloy, of Magerlone Rd, Drumaness, Ballynahinch, on February 20 last year.
Prosecution lawyer Doug Edmondson told the court that on February 18, McCloy went to the home of Anna Paula Olivera and put a gun to her throat before claiming he was a member of the IRA and taking £300 and Ms Olivera's credit card.
He later pleaded guilty to offences of robbery, possessing the imitation gun to cause fear, possessing the firearm with criminal intent and to the theft of £240 using Ms Olivera's credit card.
He was jailed for six years.