Armed robber gets 14 years for four raids

David Parcell

David Parcell

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A MAN found guilty of carrying out four armed robberies in one day has been jailed for 14 years.

Gun-wielding David Parcell – who has 49 previous convictions for 139 offences – fled with £420 from two raids and left another two stores empty handed.

The 41-year-old, of Nyria Way, Gosport, toured Southampton on his one man crime spree disguised in thick-rimmed glasses and a beanie hat as he committed the armed robberies.

He terrified staff at Best One store in Sholing Road, LA Pizza in Deacon Road, Co-op in Tickleford Drive and McColl’s in Montague Avenue.

The crimes took place in a seven-hour period between 2.30pm and 9.30pm, with the robber getting away with a total of £400 from Best One and about £20 from LA Pizza.

A jury during Parcell’s three-day trial was shown CCTV footage of him reaching across the counter in Best One and waving the gun at frightened workers

The silver Nissan Note he was being driven around in was also picked up on CCTV outside Best One and later in the day.

Parcell was arrested by police who had been following the Nissan as it fitted the description of a vehicle connected to the robberies.

He was grabbed by officers as he left the car at a level crossing in Southampton at about 10pm that evening. A gun was found two days later on Christmas Eve last year in the garden of the mother of one of the two women who was also in the Nissan.

An expert in photo analysis gave evidence about how images of Parcell in the CCTV resembled images of him taken during his police interview.

The jury took a little over an hour to reach its unanimous verdicts at the end of his trial at Southampton Crown Court.

Parcell was found guilty of two counts of robbery, two charges of attempted robbery, and four charges of possessing a firearm with intent to cause harm or fear of violence.

Parcell had refused to take the stand during the trial and Richard Onslow, defending, offered no further evidence.

And as the judge thanked the jury for its efforts, Parcell said: ‘I’m going down before I kick off,’ and left the courtroom for the holding cells with a guard at his side.

Judge Peter Henry yesterday sent Parcell to prison for 14 years.

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