Live coverage from the trial of man accused of killing former Chesterfield soldier and Sheffield United fan Joseph Robotham

We are reporting live from the murder trial of Connor Rose, the Chesterfield man accused of killing former soldier Joseph Robotham in the town.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 10:58 am

Rose hit Mr Rowbotham with a bottle outside the Vibe Bar in the early hours of February 8 last year, after which the 23-year-old fell to the floor and hit his head. He died in hospital the following day.

The day before the incident, Mr Robotham had been given the all-clear after a cancer scare.

Rose denies murder but has admitted manslaughter.

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Live coverage as man stands accused of killing former Chesterfield soldier and Sheffield United fan Joseph Robotham

Last updated: Thursday, 21 January, 2021, 14:19

  • We are reporting live from the murder trial of Connor Rose, the Chesterfield man accused of killing former soldier Joseph Robotham in the town.
  • Rose hit Mr Rowbotham with a bottle outside the Vibe Bar in the early hours of February 8 last year, after which the 23-year-old fell to the floor and hit his head. He died in hospital the following day.
  • The day before the incident, Mr Robotham had been given the all-clear after a cancer scare.
  • Rose, of no fixed address, denies murder but has admitted manslaughter.

Proceedings will be getting underway shortly. We are expecting Joseph Robotham's partner Chelsea Neale to give evidence this morning.

Chelsea Neale has told the court that she had been in a relationship with Joseph Robotham for two years and they were living together at the time of his death.

Miss Neale has told the court that Joe was "over the moon" when he found out he didn't have cancer and they decided to go out in Chesterfield to celebrate.

She has described how they has had an argument earlier when they saw each other earlier in the C2 bar. When she saw him later in Vibe later he was "more sober" and they had "made up".

Chelsea Neale - "The first time I knew something was wrong I was coming back from the toilet and I heard someone shout "fight". I could see Joe because he was quite tall."

"Joe seemed to look like he had got his guard up - he was bouncing around a little bit. I tried to get to him, but because of the amount of people I couldn't get to him."

Chelsea Neale - "I can usually calm him down when he's angry. I wanted to stop what was happening but everyone was crowding around."

Chelsea Neale - "I saw the bouncers take hold of him - there was a lot happening and a lot of people around. He seemed distressed but he was trying to get his point across that it wasn't him."

Miss Neale has described Mr Robotham being ejected from the club and fighting her way through to him on the pavement. She then saw a hand come from behind her and strike her partner.

Chelsea Neale - "There was a noise and then something went all over me - it was like a breaking or a smashing sound. Joe's eyes rolled to the back of his head and he fell to the ground. I shouted 'no' and the person who did it was laughing. When Joe fell it was like a bag of potatoes had been dropped."

There was a girl who came over and took me aside. There were people on the floor with him trying to perform first aid."

Miss Neale has told the court that he was hit with a brown beer bottle which broke on impact.

Miss Neale is now being cross-examined by the defence barrister. She has said that "Joe was very drunk" on the night of the attack.

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