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Race-hate attack woman’s partner jailed for Facebook threats

HES A COWARD ... race-hate victim Wendy Barbour condemned Darren Robson, left, after his chilling threats to her daughter after his partner Kaily Amess, right, was jailed for an assault on her.

HES A COWARD ... race-hate victim Wendy Barbour condemned Darren Robson, left, after his chilling threats to her daughter after his partner Kaily Amess, right, was jailed for an assault on her.

A MAN whose pregnant partner was jailed for a vicious race attack has been put behind bars – after threatening to douse the victim’s teenage daughter in petrol.

Kaily Amess was locked up for two years at Newcastle Crown Court last month after launching a shocking assault on Glasgow-born Wendy Barbour just because 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 assault in Stanhope Road, South Shields, in June last year.

Amess’s boyfriend, Darren Robson, sent Shannon chilling Facebook messages and phone calls – asking her what her last words to her own daughter would be – after he was told he wouldn’t be able to be present for the birth of his child in prison.

After being put behind bars, Amess assured her partner that he would be able to attend the birth of their child and that after the baby was born, he would be the sole carer.

Robson was told in June that it would not be possible for him to attend the birth, and the 32-year-old, of Hedworth Lane, Boldon Colliery, then vented his anger at Shannon.

He was arrested, and later admitted a charge of witness intimidation at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Robson was jailed for 20 months at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, and Amess, of Renoir Gardens, South Shields, was in labour as her partner was sentenced.

Vince Ward, prosecuting, said: “The defendant made no comment at interview stage. He has an extensive criminal record.”

Vic Laffey, defending, said: “The defendant was advised that he would be present at the birth of his child, and when he found out that that wasn’t possible, he had two or three cans of beer and then took to social media.

“He accepts that what he did was inappropriate.

“The best that can be said is that there was no direct confrontation between him and the victim.

“He has acted extremely foolishly and is aware of that.” Robson also pleaded guilty to stealing furniture from a house where he was the tenant in June last year.

Mrs Barbour’s ordeal, which left her beaten and scarred, was captured on CCTV footage, which was played in court and a judge described as “truly shocking”.

It shows Amess, of South Shields, dragging her victim onto the street and repeatedly hitting her in the face and body as she tries to get up.

Mrs Barbour had just been to her local shop and was on the phone to her daughter when the attack took place.

Recorder Turner, sentencing Robson said: “Witness intimidation is a very serious matter.

“One former witness was badgered by you.

“In one of those calls, you threatened to douse her in petrol. It must have been extremely worrying for the witness.”

Wendy Barbour, speaking after Robson’s initial appearance at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last month, said: “He is a coward. It has been awful for my daughter.

“She was on the phone to me when the attack happened. She thought I was dead.”

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