March 11 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 9, 2014
A man who robbed a busy fast-food restaurant near Anglia Square in Norwich has been warned to expect custody after admitting the crime.
Daniel Parker, 33, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to robbing Subway in Magdalen Street on December 11 last year, when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court today.
He also pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary relating to offences committed on December 15 in Pelham Court, Norwich and December 20 in Don Pratt Court, Norwich.
He also admitted the theft of £400 from a named individual on December 20, and possession of heroin on December 23, and he asked for 21 other burglary offences to be taken into consideration.
The court heard that a number of vulnerable and elderly victims had been targeted by Parker.
Judge Stephen Holt told Parker that the offences were serious and added: “Clearly, a custodial sentence will have to be imposed.”
The judge acknowledged that drug addiction was at the heart of Parker’s offending and adjourned the case for sentencing to January 23. Parker was remanded in custody.
As reported, after the robbery at Subway, police scoured CCTV footage to trace the culprit.
A man had entered the restaurant at about 6.30pm and approached the counter demanding money.
He threatened the person behind the counter and told him he had a gun, although no weapon was seen.
He then handed the staff member a blue plastic bag which was filled with a quantity of cash from the till.
The robber then made his escape, running out of the shop into Magdalen Road and heading away from the city.
The manager of the restaurant, who did not wish to be named, said at the time: “The person who was behind the counter at the time said a man came in and had his face covered, with a scarf pulled up under his eyes. He was also wearing a hat.
“The man walked up to the counter, put his hand in his pocket, and pulled out a note, a piece of paper.
“I think the note said something along the lines of ‘I’ve got a gun – if you don’t give me the money, I will shoot you’.
“He then put his hand back in his pocket and gave the staff member a blue bag to put the money in.
“One customer was in the restaurant at the time sitting at one of the tables. Immediately afterwards, I told staff to close the restaurant, even though we are normally open until 8pm.”
The suspect was described at the time as about 35, of thin build with dark eyebrows and was wearing beige trousers, a dark brown jacket, and a dark beanie hat which had a stripe on it.
Detective Sergeant Sarah Knights, from Norwich CID, said at the time: “Thankfully no one was injured during the incident but staff were understandably left shaken by what was clearly a frightening experience.
“The suspect alleged he had a gun however no weapon was used during the incident or seen by the victim or witnesses.”