David Parcell facing jail following armed robbery spree across Southampton

Daily Echo: Parcell brandishing a gan during raid Parcell brandishing a gan during raid

A GUNMAN smirked and laughed as he was found guilty of carrying out a terrifying seven-hour robbery spree across Southampton.

Jurors at Southampton Crown Court took just an hour to convict David Parcell of eight charges relating to raids on three convenience stores and a pizza takeaway.

The 41-year-old, who was dressed in a grey prison tracksuit, then said he “didn’t care” if he was jailed for 20 years for his crimes as Judge Peter Henry said he wanted reports on Parcell because of his fears that he represents a danger to the public.

While the judge was still speaking, Parcell – who has 47 previous convictions for 139 offences – stood up and demanded warders take him back to the cells, saying: “I’m going down before I kick off.”

During the three-day trial, the jury was told how a robber had struck at the Best One store in Sholing Road, the Co-op in Tickleford Drive, LA Pizza in Deacon Road and McColls in Montague Avenue, between 2.30pm and 9.30pm on December 22 last year.

In the first three raids he pointed a revolver at frightened staff and demanded cash from the till, while he showed the gun to an assistant in the fourth attack.

He made off with £400 he snatched from the till of Best One, but left empty-handed from the Co-op and McColls stores, while he expressed disbelief that there was only £20 and a few coins to take from LA Pizza.

Parcell was arrested just 30 minutes after the final raid.

He was spotted getting out of a car stuck at the Mount Pleasant Road level crossing in Southampton, trying to take off a dark blue jacket as he walked from a silver Nissan Note car – the same model the robber had got out of before the Best One raid.

Parcell refused to answer police questions, but was charged after officers found a revolver-style airgun when one of the two women he had been in the vehicle with told them to look in the garden of her mother’s Spring Road home.

Although the robber was disguised in a beanie hat and thick-rimmed glasses, a facial mapping expert told the trial there were strong similarities and no significant differences between pictures of Parcell, of Nyrian Way, Gosport, and CCTV images from the raids.

Speaking after the case, DC Tony Welch, from Southampton Central police station, said he was “extremely delighted” with the verdict.

He said: “He’s clearly a dangerous man who now faces a long sentence.

“I’m sure that the people local to the shops where this happened will be reassured that the right person has been found and has been convicted.”

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11:01am Sat 9 Jun 12

The Salv says...

Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.
Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released. The Salv

12:15pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Chas O'Bursledon says...

The Salv wrote:
Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.
No need to brand all people on council estates with the same brush. It's like assuming all home owners are bigots! We are not and not all of the disadvantaged are armed robbers!
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.[/p][/quote]No need to brand all people on council estates with the same brush. It's like assuming all home owners are bigots! We are not and not all of the disadvantaged are armed robbers! Chas O'Bursledon

1:33pm Sat 9 Jun 12

rocketone says...

A lot of people in the Sholing area will be very glad to see the back of this loonie !
A lot of people in the Sholing area will be very glad to see the back of this loonie ! rocketone

1:44pm Sat 9 Jun 12

acid drop says...

hang the scrote
hang the scrote acid drop

2:07pm Sat 9 Jun 12

jase71 says...

The Salv wrote:
Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.[/p][/quote]Idiot jase71

5:47pm Sat 9 Jun 12

rightway says...

The Salv wrote:
Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.
What makes you think he works for the council.
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.[/p][/quote]What makes you think he works for the council. rightway

6:52pm Sat 9 Jun 12

acid drop says...

rightway wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.
What makes you think he works for the council.
Not royston in disguise is it.
[quote][p][bold]rightway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Glad to see this council scum off the streets, lets hope he is never released.[/p][/quote]What makes you think he works for the council.[/p][/quote]Not royston in disguise is it. acid drop

8:15pm Sat 9 Jun 12

bazzeroz says...

What's a 'gan'? (Caption on main picture) Obviasly smell chek not werking agin.
What's a 'gan'? (Caption on main picture) Obviasly smell chek not werking agin. bazzeroz

8:29pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Used to work with lookalikes at Fords on Nightshift!
Used to work with lookalikes at Fords on Nightshift! Fatty x Ford Worker

10:31pm Sat 9 Jun 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

20 years? Well that just about wraps it up for Mr Parcell.
20 years? Well that just about wraps it up for Mr Parcell. OSPREYSAINT

5:54am Sun 10 Jun 12

Verloren Hoop says...

What a waste of space. Just glad that he didn't kill anyone.
What a waste of space. Just glad that he didn't kill anyone. Verloren Hoop

1:07pm Mon 11 Jun 12

Mouthy83 says...

What a waste of space, for doing a LA Pizza he should do more time!!
What a waste of space, for doing a LA Pizza he should do more time!! Mouthy83

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