Killer told to expect heavy jail sentence after admitting fatal attack on Sunderland dad-of-six John Potts

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 KILLER is facing years behind bars after the death of Sunderland dad-of-six John Potts in an attack outside a bar .

Gordon Robson brutally assaulted John Potts, 45, outside the NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston,

Washington, in the early hours of November 23 last year and left him with devastating head injuries.

Paramedics had tried to assist the dying granddad-of-one at the scene but his life could not be saved.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Robson, 26, of Waskerley Road in the town pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

His barrister Bob Spragg told the court: “His basis of plea sets out what happened during the course of the night and is reflected on the CCTV.

“The defendant was anxious to enter his guilty plea as early as he could.”

Mr Spragg said Robson has a history of mental health issues and asked for reports to be prepared before sentence is passed in his case.

Judge Paul Sloan adjourned sentence until April 2 and remanded Robson in custody in the meantime.

The judge told him: “The fact I am adjourning for sentence and directing the preparation of a report is not an indication of the sentence that will be imposed.

“You will understand, an immediate, substantial, custodial sentence is inevitable in the circumstances of this case.”

The public gallery was packed at the short plea hearing and many onlookers were in tears during the proceedings.

After his killing, grieving family members left tributes at the spot where Mr Potts lost his life.

Emergency services had been called to the scene in the early hours after reports of an attack and found Mr Potts with head injuries.

Paramedics pronounced him dead when efforts to save his life failed.

The court heard at an earlier hearing that CCTV would play and important part in the case against Robson and had been described as “illuminating” by the judge.


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