A man who threatened to bash a teenage girl if she didn't give him money, then suggested they swap phone numbers, has been jailed for three years. Acting Justice John Nield this morning suggested Jose Maria Canizares, a repeat offender with a long-standing drug habit, was more likely to reoffend than stay out of trouble. In July an ACT Supreme Court jury found the 31-year-old guilty of making a demand accompanied by a threat to endanger the health, safety or physical wellbeing of another. His teenage victim had just knocked off work at the Hog's Breath cafe in Civic on the night of April last year. She was walking in a dark area of East Row, heading to her car, when Canizares accosted her. The daily heroin user was on a good-behaviour order at the time after being sentenced for a break-in three years earlier. Canizares demanded money, and when the 17-year-old said she had none he demanded she show him her wallet. But the wallet was empty, and Canizares ordered her to get money out from an ATM, threatening to bash her if she didn't comply. The scared teen got out $20 - all she had in the account - and gave it to Canizares. In a bizarre move, he suggested they exchange phone numbers. "You can trust me, you give me your mobile number and I'll give you mine,” he said. He gave her his number, but ran away before getting hers. Canizares was arrested a few days later. In an interview with police he admitted asking people for money on East Row and said a female who worked at Hog's Breath lent him $20. Bur he denied threatening to bash her, and said he arranged to return the money at work the next day. "Although it is not for me to say whether the jury's verdict was correct or incorrect I can say that it did not surprise me, as the Crown's case was strong to the point of being overwhelming," Justice Nield said today. The judge said he could not say whether Canizares had good prospects of rehabilitation. "Frankly I suspect that his future will be much the same as his past," he said. "I cannot say that he is unlikely to reoffend." "Indeed I think he is more likely than not to reoffend." Justice Nield sentenced him to three years, plus another three months due to the breach of his good behavior order. He set a non-parole period of two years which, taking into account time served, will see him eligible for release in May 2014 at the earliest.