David Parcell attempted to rob four Southampton stores at gunpoint in one day

Daily Echo: David Parcell brandishing a gun during one of the raids David Parcell brandishing a gun during one of the raids

AN armed robber who attempted to hold up four Southampton businesses in a seven-hour spree has today been jailed for 14 years.

David Parcell, 41, toured the city shortly before Christmas disguised in thick-rimmed glasses and a beanie hat to carry out the raids.

Jurors had heard how he carried out robberies at Best One store in Sholing, La Pizza in Deacon Road, the Co-op in Tickleford Drive and McColls in Montague Avenue between 2.30pm and 9.30pm.

They saw graphic pictures captured on closed circuit television of one dramatic incident when Parcell leaned across the counter in Best One and waved the pistol at shocked staff.

He was eventually arrested after police had been following a Nissan car which fitted he description of a vehicle being used in the hold-ups.

Parcell, from Nyria Way, Gosport, denied two counts of robbery, two of attempted robbery and four of possessing a prohibited weapon with intent to cause fear of violence.

During his trial at the city crown court, he denied the charges but a jury rejected his defence that he wasn't responsible, and found him guilty of all charges.

Today, the court heard he had admitted to a probation officer he had been behind all the raids.

During the trial, the court heard the gun was found in the garden of the mother of one of the two women in the car Parcell was found in. An expert also told jurors of several key facial similarities between images of him taken in custody and pictures of the robber from the CCTV footage.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Henry accepted the firearm was inoperable but Parcell did not know that and he was prepared to take a risk with a loaded firearm.

The offences, he said, involved considerable planning and he had chosen corner shops because of their vulnerability.

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11:15am Fri 13 Jul 12

business-guru says...

he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it !
he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it ! business-guru

12:11pm Fri 13 Jul 12

andysaints007 says...

Really !! I thought it would more than likely be 56 !
Really !! I thought it would more than likely be 56 ! andysaints007

12:11pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Over the Edge says...

business-guru wrote:
he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it !
His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison.
[quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it ![/p][/quote]His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison. Over the Edge

12:18pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Georgem says...

Over the Edge wrote:
business-guru wrote:
he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it !
His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison.
He MAY be recalled to serve the rest of his sentence. It's not automatic, farcically enough.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it ![/p][/quote]His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison.[/p][/quote]He MAY be recalled to serve the rest of his sentence. It's not automatic, farcically enough. Georgem

12:34pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Taskforce 141 says...

Over the Edge wrote:
business-guru wrote:
he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it !
His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison.
I'm afraid to say that if he behaves himself in prison then he would be eligible for parole within 5 years!

Hang him and be done with it.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it ![/p][/quote]His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid to say that if he behaves himself in prison then he would be eligible for parole within 5 years! Hang him and be done with it. Taskforce 141

12:46pm Fri 13 Jul 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

plenty like him sadly ,hope he is up the road for a long time,
plenty like him sadly ,hope he is up the road for a long time, arthur dalyrimple

1:38pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Gainer T Gopher says...

was he going for some kind of Guiness book of Records thing for the most armed robberies in one day.....
was he going for some kind of Guiness book of Records thing for the most armed robberies in one day..... Gainer T Gopher

2:07pm Fri 13 Jul 12

mansak_hunt says...

Over the Edge wrote:
business-guru wrote:
he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it !
His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison.
If sentenced to over 10 years you must serve AT LEAST two thirds of the sentence, instead of half.
He will have to serve about 9 years in prison.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: he will serve about 55 months... incredible isn't it ![/p][/quote]His sentence is 14 years, he will be behind bars for 7 years (84 months) at least, if released after this time he will on license for 7 years, if me commits further crime during his license period he will be re-called to prison.[/p][/quote]If sentenced to over 10 years you must serve AT LEAST two thirds of the sentence, instead of half. He will have to serve about 9 years in prison. mansak_hunt

4:33pm Fri 13 Jul 12

ronn12 says...

common thing in Southampton!!
common thing in Southampton!! ronn12

6:45pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

10 years to short sentance!
10 years to short sentance! Fatty x Ford Worker

11:05pm Fri 13 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Translation = "10 Years too long sentence": What is 14 Years then?
Translation = "10 Years too long sentence": What is 14 Years then? OSPREYSAINT

11:11pm Fri 13 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Anyway that should wrap it up for Mr Parcell for a while.
Anyway that should wrap it up for Mr Parcell for a while. OSPREYSAINT

10:40am Sat 14 Jul 12

upyoursfolks says...

Bring back testicle removal for all very bad criminals.

Stops the breeding of more nutters who have a total disregard for proper social behavior.

Off with his nuts!!!
Bring back testicle removal for all very bad criminals. Stops the breeding of more nutters who have a total disregard for proper social behavior. Off with his nuts!!! upyoursfolks

4:46pm Sun 15 Jul 12

bigal007 says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Really !! I thought it would more than likely be 56 !
no 54 lol
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: Really !! I thought it would more than likely be 56 ![/p][/quote]no 54 lol bigal007

4:49pm Sun 15 Jul 12

bigal007 says...

bring the wip back i bet that cut the prison size its a win win
bring the wip back i bet that cut the prison size its a win win bigal007

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