‘You are all dead’ – man’s death threat to gran as child looked on

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A man threatened to kill a grandmother and pointed a baton in her face as she was waiting in a car with her 11-year-old grandson.

Raymond Robson, 35, became aggravated when her grandson pushed the car horn on Beach Road, South Shields, and walked over to their vehicle to threaten them.

It’s quite clearly alcohol mixed with the butane gas which effects the way that he acts.

Graeme Cook, defending

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “She allowed her grandson to keep himself amused by sitting in the driving seat. He was playing with the wheel and pushing the car horn.

“He became aware of the defendant staring at the car and told his grandmother. He was screaming, the defendant had a can in one hand and a baton in the other.

“The grandson was upset. He wanted to get out of the car. As he got more upset the grandmother told him to get out of the car.”

During the incident on January 30 this year, Robson moved against the side of the car, pointed the baton at the grandmother’s face.

He was staring at her and shouting that he would kill them.

The grandmother, who is in her 60s, heard Robson say “you are all dead”.

When he was arrested he said he hadn’t threatened anyone.

In a victim impact statement the grandmother said she was anxious and was worried for her and her grandsons safety and that she was annoyed that her grandson had to see it and found it quite upsetting.

In a second statement she said: “After the incident I started to feel sick and unwell. I think I was in shock when I think about the incident. I try to put it to the back of my mind.”

Robson, of Hylton Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, admitted affray.

He had been sniffing gas before the offence and numerous aerosol cans were found where he was staying.

Graeme Cook, defending, said: “It’s quite clearly alcohol mixed with the butane gas which effects the way that he acts.

“He is clearly benefiting from being in stable accommodation.

“If he would to receive an immediate sentence he would lose his accommodation he’s in a bail hostel that’s something that he needs.

“His record is appalling he accepts that.”

Mr Cook asked Judge Penny Moreland to take a view that “this is his last chance”.

Judge Moreland told Robson: “On 30th January this year you were very drunk and had been sniffing gas.

“You were aggravated by the sound of the horn outside. You went out with a stick.

“You terrified a lady in her 60s and a little boy of 11.

“You behaved in a way that they were extremely distressed by what you did.”

Judge Moreland sentenced Robson to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months with 18 months supervision.

Robson was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.