A 20-year-old man with mental health problems, who used a knife to rob a service station in northern Victoria, has been spared a jail term.

In the County Court, the man pleaded guilty to armed robbery.

The court heard Michael Douglas Blow was armed with a knife when he ran towards a staff member outside the Rochester service station last July and demanded money.

He held the knife against the woman’s body and jabbed at her three or four times but did not puncture her skin.

After forcing his way inside the store, Blow took $350 and left.

Blow was a regular customer at the store and was recognised by staff.

He was arrested later that night in Elmore.

The court also heard Blow had significant mental health problems, had been using the drug ‘ice’ and had no memory of the robbery.

He will serve a three-year community corrections order.

Extracted in full from ABC.