A CONVICTED killer and an accomplice have admitted carrying out a terrifying raid on a social club during which a gun was pointed at a customer’s head.

James Gubb, 38, and Mickey Murphy, 21, both admitted robbing Canvey Social Club while armed with an imitation firearm on November 10.

The pair appeared via video link at Basildon Crown Court yesterday morning.

During the hearing, Gubb admitted an earlier robbery on October 18 while Murphy also admitted an attempted robbery on the previous day.

Police released CCTV images to try and track the pair down after the raid.

The two men went into the club at about 10.25pm and threatened staff and customers with what was thought to be a gun.

Speaking to the Echo at the time, a spokesman for the management team said: “One of them stood by the door and the other one came in waving a handgun around.

“You couldn’t tell if it was definitely real but with something like that, you don’t take any chances.

“The man held it to a customer’s head, who was actually celebrating his birthday and demanded cash from the manager or the people were going to get it basically.”

Sentencing of the men was adjourned due to the defendants’ backgrounds but for different reasons.

In 2000, Gubb, of no fixed abode, was convicted of the revenge killing of 18-year-old Tony Mahoney by stabbing him through the heart after a vicious fight.

Judge Ian Graham ordered reports to be prepared to determine Gubb’s threat to society.

Meanwhile, Murphy, of First Avenue, Canvey, has one conviction, for criminal damage. A pre-sentence report will be prepared.

Judge Graham said: “I’m adjourning this so reports can be carried out so the court has the fullest information.”