A career burglar turned a fake gun on a hostess after a massage and robbed her of nearly $23,000 in jewels and cash, a court heard yesterday. Sun Yu-hing, 27, was jailed for seven years by Deputy Judge Wayne Wilson yesterday for his short-lived crime spree last December. Sun admitted committing two robberies. The High Court heard that Sun, a convicted robber since the age of 14, was plagued by gambling debts. On December 6, while out on bail for an earlier robbery, he went into the Telbo Sauna in Mongkok for a massage. But instead of paying when his hostess had finished, Sun pulled out a fake Colt .38 pistol and demanded money from the woman. He tore open the cashier's drawer and took $18,887 in cash and a jade pendant worth $4,000, senior Crown prosecutor Harish Melwaney said. Ten days later Sun stopped a woman and her three-year-old son on the staircase of a Nathan Road building. 'Sun pointed the pistol at her waist and said: 'Take off your watch,' ' Mr Melwaney said. 'The woman was frightened and began to scream. 'Sun pointed the pistol at her head and told her not to shout or he would blow her head off. She took off her Rolex watch and handed over her diamond ring and purse.' On January 6, police spotted Sun carrying a paper bag in Shanghai Street and stopped him because he looked suspicious. The officers searched him and found the fake pistol in his waistband. The watch, worth $48,000, was traced to a Mongkok pawn shop. Deputy Judge Wilson, acknowledging that 'no actual force was used' and that Sun had pleaded guilty from the start, reduced the sentence to seven years from a possible 13 years. The sentence will begin at the conclusion of Sun's two-year term, which began on May 12, for the previous robbery.