A PENSIONER from Stone was targeted by a robber who held a screwdriver to his throat.
Sixty-eight year old Mr Graham Moss blacked out when he was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground by Mckenzie (corr) Chadwick.
As he came round, Mr Moss saw the mugger had a weapon in his hand and Chadwick demanded 'give us your money'. The weapon was pushed into the victim's neck and he was forced to hand over a £10 note.
A week earlier, Chadwick had tried to rob another elderly man in Stone, Mr Tom Brooks, by threatening him with a knife.
Mr Nick Burn, prosecuting said Mr Brooks was out walking his dog in Filleybrooks and was sitting on a bench when Chadwick, accompanied by another male, approached him and demanded money.
Mr Brooks, 62, fled from the knifeman before he could be robbed.
Chadwick, aged 22, of Manor Rise, Stone was jailed for 56 months after admitting charges of robbery and attempted robbery.
Judge David Fletcher told him: "It is deeply unattractive that you seek to blame a 15 year old boy, who you say was the prime mover.
"I cannot think of a more ridiculous thing. Mr Brooks spoke of two men, one doing nothing. The person who produced the knife was you.
"Mr Moss was 68 - a screwdriver [was held] to his neck. You were the ringleader, you knocked Mr Moss to the floor.
"He was terrified when he came to and realised someone was holding a weapon to his throat."
Mr Burn told Stafford crown court the attack on Mr Brooks happened on 10 October.
The knife wielded by Chadwick was clearly visible and he took the threat seriously.
Mr Moss was robbed on 18 October as the victim was walking to the Star pub in Stafford Road, Stone. He was left shaken and dazed, with a small nick on the side of his face.
"It would appear he was targeted for a very violent robbery," said Mr Burn.
Mr Walter Bealby, defending, said Chadwick, a father of three, knew that he must be sent to prison.