A mainland visitor said he tried to rob a couple with a fake gun and bomb as a last resort because he needed money to go home after his belongings were stolen and he had not eaten for several days, a court heard. But his plan was foiled when one of the victims calmly asked him to get out of their car and at the same time called police on a mobile phone. Guangdong bus driver Wu Shifen, 31, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to attempted robbery. He was jailed for six years and eight months. The couple - a hairstylist, 31, and his girlfriend, 23 - were sitting in a car outside Langham Place one evening in January when Wu, wearing a baseball cap and a face mask, suddenly got into the back seat and attempted to rob them, prosecutor Samantha Chiu Ping-yan said. He showed his victims that he had a bomb and a gun, which were later found to be fake, Chiu said. Shortly afterwards, police arrived and he was arrested. During the robbery, Wu told his victims he had not eaten for days and that he just needed money to go home. Wu previously ran a successful bus company in Guangdong. However, because of a snowstorm in 2008, he lost a lot of money, incurred debts, and had to go back to being a bus driver, defence counsel Wong Po-wing said. Wu came to Hong Kong to find a friend who had promised to help him, but after arriving, he could not locate him. He later lost his backpack while sleeping in a park. 'He just wanted about HK$100 to go home,' Wong said. Mr Justice Patrick Li Hon-leung said he took a higher starting point than usual for determining the sentence because Wu had scared the victims. Although the bomb and gun were fake, they looked real. Wu had also planned his attack, he said.