Witness gives evidence at the trial of Gosport man accused of armed robberies

Cross-county thief facing six and a half years in jail

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JURORS have heard about the terrifying moments when an armed gunman burst into several shops and threatened the staff.

David Parcell of Nyria Way, Gosport, is accused of carrying out four armed robberies in a single day - December 22 last year.

Appearing on trial at Southampton Crown Court, Parcell is denying two counts of robbery, two of attempted robbery, and four charges of possessing a firearm with intent to cause harm or fear of violence.

Varoush Aghajani is the owner of LA Pizza takeaway in Deacon Road, Southampton, and was out front when a man walked in at about 8.30pm.

He said: ‘I saw he was holding a gun with a long barrel across his chest.

‘He said to me: “This is a hold-up.”

‘I said: “What do you mean?” and he said: “It’s a hold-up, give me your money.”

‘I said: “Come on, it’s Christmas and I don’t have much money in the till.’

The man then came around the counter and took about £20 in notes and coins from the till.

‘I was completely in shock,’ Mr Aghajani added. ‘I didn’t know what to do.’

Parcell, 41, was arrested later that evening when he was spotted getting out of a silver Nissan Note by police officers, which various witnesses had identified as being involved in the robberies.