A PARANOID schizophrenic attempted armed robbery at a city building society, a court has heard.
Barry Little, formerly of Topsham Road but currently of no fixed address, appeared at Exeter Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to attempting to rob the Britannia building society, in Cowick Street, St Thomas.
The 34-year-old entered the building with a knife before staff overpowered him and called police.
Little stood in the dock where he spoke only to confirm his name, age and a guilty plea to the charge of attempted robbery on Tuesday, January 15.
Prosecutor David Bowen said: "This is an afternoon knife-point attempted robbery on a small building society branch. The police were called and he remained in the vicinity. He was interviewed and made full admissions."
Defending, Warren Robinson said Little was a "paranoid schizophrenic" who told officers he wanted to go back to prison and had heard voices in his head.
He said: "This is a man who has a history of paranoid schizophrenia. He has been treated for it. He made comments to police and in interview confirming a desire to go back to prison and also indicated at one point that voices had been in his head."
Judge Philip Wassall adjourned the case until Friday, February 22. Little was remanded in custody.