A KNIFEMAN left his victim terrified and in tears – all for 93 pence.
Ryan Richardson targeted the 20-year-old victim as he headed toward the train station in Sunderland city centre in April and demanded cash and cigarettes.
Newcastle Crown Court heard when the man said he had no change, he was repeatedly pestered and then grabbed by the arm while being shown a knife.
Richardson, 25, of Azalea Terrace North, Sunderland, was jailed for two years after he pleaded guilty to robbery.
Judge James Goss, QC, told him: “You revealed a knife in your waistband, that is what makes this a much more serious offence than mere harassment by begging.
“You robbed him of 93p and some cigarettes. It is the fear caused by behaviour of this kind that makes this a more serious offence.”
The court heard the victim had been walking to get the Metro home from work when he was targeted by Richardson, who had been lurking near Burger King.
Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said: “Richardson asked him for 93p and said he needed bus fare. He was told to go to the bank and then asked for the cigarette the complainant had, and took the cigarette from him.
“He grabbed the right arm of the complainant and the complainant tried to shrug him off, told him to go away.
“He kept asking if he had money, over and over again, by which time the complainant became scared of what was going on.
“The defendant lifted his top and the complainant could see a knife sticking out of his tracksuit bottoms.”
The court heard the victim eventually handed over 93p and some cigarettes before going for help.
Jamie Adams, defending, said Richardson was homeless at the time and had carried out the robbery in broad daylight while people were walking past.