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A THUG who beat up a man in a ‘sustained and relentless attack’ for just £1.50 has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Sean Stagg robbed John Rose after confronting him at the One Stop Shop in Middle Park Way, Leigh Park.

The pair knew each other and when Mr Rose refused to give Stagg any money the 46-year-old hatched a plan to rob his victim.

Stagg lay in wait for Mr Rose, also 46, and ambushed him outside his home in nearby Saxley Court, after he left the shop.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Stagg and another man, who has not been caught, attacked Mr Rose and demanded money until he handed over the small amount of cash.

Prosecutor Robert Forrest said: ‘The victim gave up the struggle at a point where he was, in his own words, fearing for his life, having been struck in the face by this defendant and received a blow to the ribs.’

Mr Rose was left with cuts and bruises.

Stagg, of Swanmore Road, Leigh Park, was found guilty of robbery by a jury following the attack in February this year.

He was cleared of a second charge of trying to intimidate Mr Rose to stop him giving evidence.

The court heard Stagg has a long history of breaking the law, with convictions for 58 previous offences going back to when he was 15, including wounding with intent and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Nicholas Bleaney, defending, said Stagg had struggled with drug addiction but told the court ‘they are a thing of the past’.

He added: ‘I wouldn’t say the same about alcohol. He had been drinking that night.’

Sentencing him Recorder James Watson QC said: ‘It was, in a some respects an unusual offence in the sense that you and the victim were known to each other.

‘Unusual also in the sense that it involved a quite paltry sum of money. You threatened him to give you money outside the shop. Mr Rose attempted to make his way home and was confronted by you and another man outside his property, effectively lying in wait for him, barring his way and you used on him sustained and relentless violence in your repeated demands that he hand over that paltry money.

‘I have to infer that one of the factors in this event must have been both pride and an attempt to humiliate him because of his refusal to hand over the money when it was demanded outside the shop.’