Convicted killer James Gubb was out on licence while Mickey Murphy was trying to support a £400-a-week drug habit when they carried out their crime spree.
Murphy, 21, and Gubb, 38, both admitted carrying out a terrifying raid on the Canvey Labour Club while armed with fake guns on November 10.
Murphy also admitted three other robberies, across south Essex, and one attempted robbery while Gubb admitted one further count of robbery.
If you think they shouldn’t have been out on the streets, you’re right.
Mitigating, Christopher Martin said dealers regularly threatened violence if he didn’t pay them back their money.
Mr Martin added: “His mother’s car was set on fire and a bullet was left on the doorstep of his home.
“There were direct threats of violence towards every female member of his family so he decided his only option to pay that back was to embark on a spree that brought him here today.”
Interesting defence, no?
Murphy, of First Avenue, Canvey, was sentenced to six years in prison in total for the series of offences.
Gubb, who was out on licence for murder was handed five years in prison.
In 2000, Gubb, of no fixed abode, was convicted of killing 18-year-old Tony Mahoney.
And for killing an 18 year old, he served less than the victim’s entire life on earth. Is that justice?