Takeaway shotgun robber jailed indefinitely

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 September 2011

Joe Hodosi

Joe Hodosi

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A MAN who threatened staff at his local takeaway with a sawn-off shotgun before running away with £100 in cash has been jailed indefinitely.

Joe Hodosi went into Miss Millie’s Fried Chicken in Locking Road, Weston on April 18 before producing the weapon and pointing it at terrified staff members.

The 25-year-old, pictured, forced them to empty the contents of the till into a plastic bag, and then fled.

However, he had been recognised by a worker because of his near-daily visits to the takeaway, which had earned him the nickname ‘chicken bun man’ as he ordered chicken burgers up to twice a day.

This week Hodosi was jailed at Bristol Crown Court after being deemed a substantial danger to the public.

At around 3.40am on April 18 he entered the takeaway - which is just 350 metres from his home in Regent Street - wearing a black jacket with its hood up, and carrying a plastic bag.

He then produced the sawn-off shotgun, before calmly loading it with live cartridges and telling a member of staff to put money from the till into the bag, while he told another worker not to look.

He then left with around £100 in coins and notes, but left a cartridge at the scene and was recognised by the restaurant’s manager.

Police officers were also able later to identify him on CCTV footage.

Six police cars, armed police and dogs were deployed, and he was arrested only hours later at his then-girlfriend’s house in Camden Terrace, a mere 174 metres away from the takeaway.

The weapon, which was identified by a police armoury expert as a sawn-off shotgun on the CCTV footage, was never found.

Appearing at the court on Friday, Hodosi admitted robbery, possessing a firearm and criminal damage, the latter charge relating to damage caused when in a police cell.

Hodosi had two previous firearms offences – one for possessing an air rifle when aged 16, and shooting someone with an air rifle and causing actual bodily harm in 2006 – and Judge Carol Hagen passed an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

He will not be eligible for parole for six years.

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