Man accused of killing Sunderland dad sent to crown court

IN TRIBUTE: Flowers left outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Bamston following the death of John Potts.
IN TRIBUTE: Flowers left outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Bamston following the death of John Potts.
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A MAN has appeared in court today after the death of a dad in a Washington street.

John Potts, 45, died after he was found with head injuries after a disturbance near to the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston, Washington, during the early hours of Sunday.

IN TRIBUTE: Flowers left outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Bamston following the death of John Potts.

IN TRIBUTE: Flowers left outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Bamston following the death of John Potts.

Today, Gordon Glyn Robson, 26, of Waskerley Road, in Barmston, appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court charged with his manslaughter.

He did not enter a plea during a brief hearing and his has now been sent to appear before a judge at Newcastle Crown Court, on December 9.

A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm has been bailed to a date in February pending further investigation.

Police were called to the scene in Westerhope Road at about 12.50am after a report from the ambulance service saying a man had been assaulted outside the bar and had suffered a head injury.

Paramedics battled to save Mr Potts but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Northumbria Police has said a number of men were involved in a disturbance before Mr Potts died and detectives believe those involved were known to each other.

They have appealed for witnesses to come forward as investigations continue.

An area near to the bus stop outside the pub was closed off in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Yesterday, the cordon was lifted and floral tributes left for Mr Potts were attached to a fence nearby.

Among the comments left on bouquets, now pinned to the fence was one which read: “Rest in peace, always thinking of you.”

Others included: “John, I am totally devastated.

“You will be a big miss.

“We have had some good times, memories I’ll always keep. RIP John.”

Another reads: “You’ll be sadly missed John.

“The funny cheeky man you were.

“Thinking of the family.”

Tributes have also continued to be posted on Facebook as people pay their respects to Mr Potts.

They include one from Gavin Proctor which said: “RIP John mate you will be missed, till we meet again.”

Angie Pearn said: “Taken far too soon.

“Adored by so many.”

Dean Ross posted: “You will be a huge miss to everyone who knew you.

“I’m in shock at this devastating news,” while Tracy Denise Edwards added: “RIP John, never be forgotten.”

Anyone with information which could help police is asked to call 101, extension 69191, quoting number 81 23/11/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.