A father of four deliberately targeted a reveller in a bar, waiting until he was alone in the toilet before taking just £20.
Stefan Dudley pushed his much younger victim into a toilet cubicle in the River Rooms in Mill Race Lane, near Stourbridge town centre.
The 42-year-old was sentenced to three years in prison for the robbery.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that Dudley had followed his victim into the toilet twice before during the same night, on September 18 last year.
Shortly after midnight the victim – who was described as being a ‘slightly built young man’– was at the sink when Dudley walked over to him.
When Dudley found that he was alone he grabbed the man’s mobile phone and then he grabbed him round the neck, the court heard.
The victim was then pushed inside a toilet cubicle and Dudley went on to demand his wallet. Dudley made off with £20 but when challenged outside he denied the offence and threatened to kill his victim if he repeated the claim.
After being arrested Dudley pleaded not guilty to robbery but was later found guilty by jurors after a trial.
His defence barrister Michael Aspinall told the court on Friday that his client was a ‘good father’ and that alcohol and drugs had affected him.
Mr Aspinal said: “No injury was caused to the victim and no weapon was produced.
“It was an opportunistic offence.
“He has a long record of offending but nothing of this seriousness.
“This is an escalation for him. It is not part of his offending history. When he is sober and not on drugs he can be productive and a good father.”
Dudley, of High Street in Lye, was given a three year prison term by Recorder Barry Berlin.
The judge told him: “I am satisfied if he hadn’t taken his wallet out you would have seriously assaulted him.
“The jury rightly found that you robbed him.
“You threatened to kill him if he carried on with the suggestion (that the robbery had taken place).
“It was pre-planned and there was a vulnerable victim – a slightly built young man.
“It was a terrifying experience for him.
“There was no remorse from you at all.
“The fact you are an alcoholic contributed to what you did.”