Victim Jonty Hall had a dark story

One of the floarl tributes at the funeral of John Hall at All Saint's Church, Penshaw Village.
One of the floarl tributes at the funeral of John Hall at All Saint's Church, Penshaw Village.
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JOHN ‘Jonty’ Hall was born on February 19, 1967, in Sunderland to mum Barbara and dad John.

When he was four, his family moved to Shiney Row. He met Nicholas Rought at school.

He married, and had two daughters with Michaela, before the couple separated and later divorced.

John was well known in the Shiney Row area, but had never worked.

He was also an alcoholic.

Jonty’s dad described how his son had struggled to cope with day-to-day tasks.

Questioning John snr, John Elvidge QC said: “It is right to say that without the support you gave him on an almost daily basis, Jonty would have been lost.

“He was incapable of managing his own money which you would take for him, you paid all his bills and you processed his cheques.

“You were only too well aware that he was, and had been for years, very dependent on alcohol. You did your level best to manage, or at least control this.

“Every day you, or your wife, would give him only just enough money to buy a bottle of vodka to the cost of £11.50.

“If he did not call for the money, one of you would leave it in his house for him.”

The court also heard how Jonty would “bully” Paul Tate, with whom he had been close friends with for many years. Tate would run errands for him, clean up after his dogs and was “dominated” by Jonty.

The pair would often fall out and, according to Tate’s long-term partner, Betsy Moan, he was “frightened” of Mr Hall.

On one occasion, four years ago, Jonty had stabbed Tate for failing to clear up dog mess from his back yard.

Ms Moan said: “Paul had been visiting me because I was in hospital having my leg amputated. He had not seen to Jonty’s dogs and not cleaned up after them, so Jonty punished him by stabbing him in the chest.

“Paul stopped speaking to him for a couple of years after that, but then they renewed their friendship.”

Jonty’s funeral was held at All Saints’ Church in Penshaw Village.

Among the tributes was a floral decoration in the shape of a shotgun.