He said: "It was ridiculous. It only had one ending - and here it is. He has led a law-abiding life and now finds himself staring down the barrel of a very long sentence indeed."
Criminal genius? Not this guy. He thought he'd rob a bank to raise money for a trip abroad - but wanted the cash trasnferred straight into his account.
Paul Neaverson, 61, walked into a branch of NatWest in Rainham, Kent, where he pulled a knife from his pocket and held it to the cashier's neck and then demanded she transfer the money.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how, when the woman pressed the panic button, Neaverson then fled to a HSBC branch just 400 feet away, which he also tried to hold up.
But he fled from that robbery without any money after the cashier claimed he did not have £500 in the till. Neaverson was finally arrested at the scene after police were called to the branch, reports the Daily Mail.
'Interview to become a golf coach'
Danny Moore, defending, told the court Neaverson had never been in trouble with the law before and that his attempt to become a bank robber was "ridiculous".
The court heard how Neaverson told police that he had no money and needed the cash to book a flight to Corfu, where he had an interview to become a golf coach.
Neaverson, of Rainham, Kent, pleaded guilty to two attempted robberies and possession of a blade. He has now been jailed for two years.