Moncton CIBC

A CIBC customer suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck in the back of the head with an axe while making a deposit at the bank's drop box. (Google)

A Moncton man who struck another man with an axe while robbing him at a bank deposit drop box has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Justin Ross Comeau, 26, who pleaded guilty to committing robbery by using personal violence, was sentenced in Moncton court on Wednesday.

He had no prior criminal record.

During sentencing, Judge Anne Jeffries asked Comeau where his head was at on April 28, when he struck a CIBC customer from behind with the blunt part of an axe and wrestled a deposit bag away from him.

Comeau responded that his head was obviously not on his shoulders that day.

He said he had some debt he needed to pay off and that he regrets his actions.

"You're still going to owe this debt when you get out," replied the judge. "And those people don't go away."

Two witnesses to the robbery outside the CIBC branch at 655 Mountain Rd. had temporarily restrained Comeau and recovered the bank deposit bag.

Comeau fled, but was arrested outside a residence later that day after two other witnesses followed his vehicle and passed the information on to police.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, RCMP had said.

Comeau, who has remained in custody since his arrest, was given credit for the time he has already served. He has 33 months remaining on his sentence.