A repeat bank robber who has been jobless for 18 years said he would not mind being jailed as he would receive free meals. A District Court judge obliged yesterday, jailing So Chun-kei, 38, for 28 months after he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. So was released from jail in October 1996 after serving a three-year term for another attempted bank robbery. Judge Bernard Whaley said a long jail term was unlikely to have much effect, as So had indicated 'he did not have to worry about his meals' while in prison. The judge quoted a report which indicated So liked the idea of jail as he would be cared for. The court heard So turned to robbery after running up loans worth $20,000 and gambling debts. 'He committed this offence out of greed for money and having no fear for the consequences,' the judge said. 'Although the offence was committed with this apparent childlike naivete and simplicity, it has to be treated seriously.' Prosecutor Laura Ng Shuk-kuen said that on August 19, the defendant entered the Lei Muk Shue branch of Hongkong Bank and handed a teller a withdrawal slip declaring robbery and demanding $200,000. A silent alarm system was activated and police arrived soon after, arresting So. So's lawyer, Joseph Pang Ping-kwan, said his client had been unemployed since suffering serious head injuries in a traffic accident in 1981 and relied on welfare. He said it had been a childish attempt at robbery. Judge Whaley urged So to receive psychological counselling while in jail. 'Otherwise, a term of imprisonment appears to have very little deterrent effect and there is a danger that he may commit this offence in the future,' the judge said.