March 11 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 23, 2014
A conman who preyed on the elderly and robbed a fast-food restaurant in Norwich has been jailed for eight years.
Daniel Parker, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today for crimes he committed in the city last year to fuel his Class A drug habit.
He admitted during a police interview to carrying out a robbery at Subway in Magdalen Street on December 11, where he approached staff and made out he was carrying a gun. Parker then demanded they put £100 in a bag.
He also conned his way into the homes of two elderly victims, chatting with them to gain their trust before going on to steal their money.
The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of distraction burglary, one at Pelham Court on December 16 and another in Don Pratt Court on December 20.
Andrew Cogan, defending, said: “The offending is all related to his misuse of Class A drugs, heroin and crack cocain, and to fund his habit and the need to pay dealers. Mr Parker has had time for reflection and this lifestyle is something he never wants to get involved with again in the future.
“Some difficulties last year saw Mr Parker getting into drug issues again but he appears to have overcome them. He is deeply ashamed and truly remorseful of the effect his actions would have had on these people.”
Before being sentenced, Parker asked for 24 similar offences, mainly domestic burglaries which happened in the west of Norwich, to be taken into consideration.
Detective Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey, from CID, welcomed the eight-year sentence.
He said: “Parker preyed on vulnerable elderly victims who lived alone and the sentence passed reflects the gravity of his offences.
No-one was injured during the incident in Subway but this was a frightening experience for staff who were understandably left shaken by what had happened.
Parker is now behind bars where he belongs and I hope this sentence offers some comfort to his victims.”