CCTV ‘vital part of case’ against man accused of killing outside bar

TRIBUTES: Flowers left outside NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston following the death of John Potts.
TRIBUTES: Flowers left outside NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston following the death of John Potts.
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A MAN accused of killing a Sunderland dad has made his first crown court appearance.

Gordon Robson faces a charge of manslaughter over the death of John Potts last month.

Mr Potts was found with head injuries after a report of a disturbance near the NE38 sports bar in Barmston, Washington.

The 45-year-old received treatment from paramedics, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Robson, 26, of Waskerley Way, Barmston, was not asked to enter a plea to the manslaughter charge when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via video link to HMP Durham.

The court heard during the hearing CCTV footage will be an “important part of the case”.

Judge John Milford QC said the CCTV evidence must be served on Robson’s defence team within a week.

Robson will be back in court for a plea and directions hearing on February 24 next year.

A trial date was listed for April 27.

Judge Milford told Robson: “The prosecution will, within a week, serve the CCTV footage of this incident, which is illuminating.”

Robson, who spoke only to confirm his name, was remanded in custody.