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‘I’ll stab you and laugh’ threat to girl of race-hate attack victim

YOURE A COWARD ... Wendy Barbour hit out at Darren Robson, who targeted her daughter. Below, Kaily Amess.

YOURE A COWARD ... Wendy Barbour hit out at Darren Robson, who targeted her daughter. Below, Kaily Amess.

A MUM who was the victim of a vicious race-hate robbery has branded the boyfriend of her attacker a ‘coward’ after he made a chilling phone call to her teenage daughter, threatening to stab her and ‘laugh while I do it’.

Kaily Amess was jailed for two years at Newcastle Crown Court last week after launching a shocking attack on Glasgow-born Wendy Barbour – simply because she heard she had a Scottish accent.

Mrs Barbour’s 18-year-old daughter Shannon gave evidence to police for the court case as she was on the phone to her mother at the time of the brutal assault in Stanhope Road, South Shields, in June last year.

But just three days after the court case concluded, Shannon – herself a mum-of-one – was sent chilling Facebook messages and phone calls by Amess’s partner, Darren Robson.

The 32-year-old was arrested, and this week admitted a charge of making threats via Facebook and a phone communication to a person he knew was a witness in court proceedings at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Robson, of Eastbourne Parade, Hebburn, will be sentenced for the offence at Newcastle Crown Court next month.

Mrs Barbour, 45, who had just been to her local shop, was attacked from behind by Amess, 22, who dragged her onto the road and threw repeated punches to her head and body as she desperately tried to get up.

Mrs Barbour’s ordeal, which left her beaten and scarred, was captured on CCTV, which was played in court.

A judge described it as “truly shocking”.

Horrified daughter Shannon heard the abuse and violence her mum was subjected to via the
mobile phone, which stayed connected.

Amess, of Renoir Gardens, South Shields, who is due to have a baby next month, admitted robbery, and was jailed for two years.

Speaking after Robson’s appearance in court, Wendy Barbour said: “He is a coward – he was aware of her age as well.

“She has been scared and worried.

“I hope he is jailed. I wish both of them could be sent to a Scottish prison.

“It has been awful for my daughter.

“She was on the phone to me when the attack happened.

“She thought I was dead.

“I am not scared of them. I am not worried about myself, I just want my daughter and grandchild to be safe.”

Robson had been initially charged with robbery along with Amess, but the case against him was discontinued.

He will be sentenced for making threatening communications to a witness at Newcastle Crown Court, with a hearing set for July 7.

He was granted conditional bail at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, but the prosecution appealed against the decision.

A crown court judge will decide whether he will be granted bail until the July 7 hearing within the next 24 hours.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “Witness intimidation strikes at the heart of the criminal justice system.

“It is clearly a very serious offence.

“The lady was a witness in the robbery case. Kaily Amess was found guilty of that just prior to these offences.

“She received a message on Facebook from someone called Daz Robson.

“It said ‘I’ll be at your street very soon’. She felt panicked and scared, and realised it was from Darren Robson. She told the police about it.

“At 9.45pm, she received a phone call from a number she didn’t recognise. She recognised the voice.

“He said it was Daz Robson. He said ‘I’m going to stab you as many times as I can and laugh while I’m doing it’.

“He said: ‘I will douse you in petrol and ask you what your last words to your daughter are. You will burn – grasses always get what they deserve’.”

In a victim statement read out in court, Shannon said: “I feel I did the right thing in going to court and giving statements to the police.

“I am now looking over my shoulder.

“I shouldn’t be being punished for doing the right thing.”

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THE solicitor representing Darren Robson said his client had “reacted in the wrong way” after seeing his pregnant partner Kaily Amess jailed for attacking Wendy Barbour.

Paul Kennedy told magistrates: “He has pleaded guilty to sending the Facebook messages.

“It’s quite clear from the Facebook messages that there is a threat.

“This relates to a matter of robbery in June 2013.

“Both Mr Robson and Kaily Amess were arrested in relation to that matter.

“The case against him was discontinued, but his partner pleaded guilty.

“His partner is 37 weeks pregnant, and he was given to understand that she would receive a suspended sentence.

“She would then be able to have their baby in the local hospital.

“But out of the blue to Mr Robson and her legal representatives, she was given immediate custody.

“He had been told that only two people would be entitled to be at the birth, and they would be prison officials.

“This clearly had huge repercussions for both Miss Amess and Mr Robson.

“He was so desperate to see the baby born and has reacted in the wrong way.

“He did not know that witnesses remain witnesses even when the court case has concluded.

“He was at a very low ebb, and did something he regrets.

“He can only apologise for that.

“He is concerned as he is to be the primary carer for the newborn baby.

“The threats were never followed through – they were idle threats.”

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THE solicitor representing Robson said he had “reacted in the wrong way” after seeing his pregnant partner Kaily Amess jailed for attacking Wendy Barbour.

Paul Kennedy told magistrates: “He has pleaded guilty to sending the Facebook messages. It’s quite clear from the Facebook messages that there is a threat.

“This relates to a matter of robbery in June 2013. Both Mr Robson and Kaily Amess were arrested in relation to that matter.

“The case against him was discontinued but his partner pleaded guilty.

“His partner is 37 weeks pregnant and he was given to understand that she would receive a suspended sentence.

“She would then be able to have their baby in the local hospital.

“But out of the blue to Mr Robson and her legal representatives she was given immediate custody.

“He had been told that only two people would be entitled to be at the birth, and they would be prison officials.

“This clearly had huge repercussions for both Miss Amess and Mr Robson.

“He was so desperate to see the baby born and has reacted in the wrong way.

“He did not know that witnesses remain witnesses even when the court case has concluded.

“He was at a very low ebb and did something he regrets.

“He can only apologise for that.

“He is concerned as he is to be the primary carer for the newborn baby.

“The threats were never followed through, they were idle threats.”

 
 
 

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