A GALLANT gentleman tried to fend off an armed robber with the end of his umbrella, a court heard this week.
Andre Bailey, 25, of Selly Park had threatened an elderly couple who were out for a stroll in Brueton Park.
But Bailey got more than he bargained for when he tried to snatch the 76-year-old woman’s handbag - her companion tried to fight him off with his brolly.
During the struggle, the robber produced a gas-powered handgun and the pensioners froze, thinking they were going to be shot.
But it was later found that the gun was an unloaded, imitation firearm.
Eventually, Bailey managed to grab the bag - containing keys, a bank card and only £30 cash - and made his getaway.
But a jogger who had witnessed the struggle, managed to give a detailed description to police and he was arrested in the town centre.
He tried to flee the scene but was soon caught and wrestled to the ground in Poplar Road. The gun, along with a four-inch kitchen knife, was recovered at the scene.
Bailey was soon charged with robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of an offensive weapon. He admitted all three offences.
Judge Trevor Faber said: “In law, the gun was a firearm. But I bear in mind it is not quite the same as a more deadly weapon such as a sawn-off shotgun or a revolver.
“It is bad, but not as bad as some, and it was incapable of being fired.
“This was a pre-planned robbery in which you targeted vulnerable victims – and this is the third time you have committed offences like this using a firearm.”
Bailey was given a eight-year prison sentence.