A knife-wielding robber who left a female shop assistant "petrified" has been jailed for five years and four months.
Kieran Devlin, 27, appeared before Burnley Crown Court after admitting robbery at an earlier hearing.
The court heard that Devlin, of Stanley Street, Accrington, entered the Texaco garage on Church Hall Lane, Accrington at around 10pm on June 30 this year and attempted to frighten a member of staff into handing over cash.
He left with only £130 after heroic 73-year-old Derek Greenwood stood up to him armed with a bottle of wine.
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The incident began when Devlin entered the shop armed with a kitchen knife with a 12in blade and demanded the female shop assistant fill a blue bag with money.
Silvia Dacre, prosecuting, said: "She said she just froze. At first she did not know whether or not it was a joke but then he waved the knife and she realised he was serious and was petrified."
The court heard that Mr Greenwood, who has worked at the business part-time for five years, challenged Devlin, who was wearing a hoodie and had a scarf across his face.
Mr Greenwood grabbed Devlin and took hold of a bottle of wine.
Devlin then reached over and took £130 from the till before running off taking the knife with him, but leaving the bag.
Adrian Williams, defending, said that Devlin owed money to drug dealers to pay for his cannabis habit and that he had been told he had to find the money for them or face violence.
Mr Williams said: "He was in a lot of debt and was under serious pressure to pay it. On one occasion drug dealers came into his house and inflicted violence upon him. They also said they knew where his mum lived."
Devlin was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
Summing up, Judge Jonathan Gibson said: "The aggravating factors in this case are that you wore a disguise because you had a scarf over your face and of course you carried a weapon to cause fear with the knife. I have no doubts that the woman serving you at the petrol station was petrified although Mr Greenwood a man aged 73 appears to be a man of some resolve."
Speaking after the case Mr Greenwood said: "If you're in that situation you can't just walk away."
DC Simon Challenger said he felt Mr Greenwood's actions had been of great help to the police in helping them deal with the incident.
He said: "I would like to praise his courage and selfless actions in trying to protect his colleague and stop this terrible ordeal. We would always advise caution for members of the public in these cases but Mr Greenwood's actions did make it easier for us to bring Kieran Devlin to justice.
Devlin is a dangerous criminal and I welcome the sentence he has been given. This sentence today sends out a message that this will not be tolerated."