A robber has been told that he may have to spend 36 months in prison for an attack behind a city pub.
Judge John Burgess issued the warning to Usman Azam, who admitted robbery and attempted robbery when appearing at Nottingham Crown Court.
Because of his previous record, he was deemed by the judge as presenting “a significant risk of serious harm,” which means that he will not be released halfway through his sentence.
The judge’s ruling left Azam, 31, having to serve 36 months in prison before asking the parole board to release him. He may have to serve the entire term and will also have to spend a further two years on licence, the judge added.
The court heard that a wedding ring and watch were taken by Azam of Mickleborough Avenue, Nottingham.
He was carrying a knife or screwdriver when he threatened the man. Soon after, another man was threatened but Azam was able to take nothing from him.
The court heard that the victims were in a vehicle which pulled into a small car park late at night.
Azam arrived in another car which penned in the first vehicle, said Kevin Jones, prosecuting.
Stephen Cobley, mitigating, said there had been a dispute over cars that Azam had bought to make money. These cars later disappeared.
The violence had not been planned and Azam did not arrive armed, added Mr Cobley.