Robert Hart’s dad breaks his si­lence

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE heart­bro­ken dad of Robert Hart has told how his world has been ‘de­stroyed’ a year af­ter his son’s mur­der.

Al­lan Hart, 70, said he has been too dis­traught to talk to any­one and shut him­self away since Robert, 26, who grew up in Rainow, died af­ter an un­pro­voked attack at Park­life fes­ti­val in Manch­ester last June.

Po­lice have been des­per­ately search­ing for clues but the killer is still at large.

Now, on the an­niver­sary of his son’s death, dad Al­lan, who moved from Rainow to East­bourne three years ago, has bro­ken his si­lence and has told the Ex­press of his pain over los­ing Robert.

He said: “The loss of my son is dev­as­tat­ing. Day by day I can’t come to terms with it.

“He was a pre­cious jewel in my life and a won­der­ful per­son. My life is over and who­ever did this should make him­self accountable. That per­son has de­stroyed my world and Robert’s fam­ily and friends.

“It hurts ev­ery sec­ond of ev­ery day. I was a buoy­ant per­son but now I can’t talk to any­one, I don’t go out.

“My world is de­stroyed. I’m to­tally numb and don’t know where I am or what I’m do­ing. I look for Robert on ev­ery street cor­ner but he’s never there. I wish I could see my son again.”

Al­lan, dad to two daugh- ters and an­other son, is a for­mer hous­ing of­fi­cer in Macclesfield. He coached the foot­ball team at Robert’s pri­mary school in Rainow and was a mem­ber of Macclesfield Round Ta­ble. He re­mained close to Robert, who lived in Liver­pool af­ter grad­u­at­ing from uni­ver­sity there. Since mov­ing away Al­lan had ar­ranged to meet his son the day af­ter Park­life Fes­ti­val at a ho­tel in Leek for lunch.

Al­lan said: “I spoke to him two days be­fore and the last thing he said was ‘See you on Sun­day Pop’. I was in Leek when I was told Robert was se­ri­ously ill and it was the end of my earth. If there are peo­ple who know what hap­pened to Robert I beg them to come for­ward. Robert de­serves jus­tice.”

Robert was punched at Park­life in front of the main stage with girl­friend Gemma Parry at around 9.15pm on June 7. Greater Manch­ester Po­lice have re­newed their ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact the in­ci­dent room di­rect on 0161 85 69283 or email the mit. syn­di­cate8@gmp.po­lice. uk with any rel­e­vant footage. Al­ter­na­tively you can call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

●● Robert, pic­tured at his grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at Liver­pool John Moores Uni­ver­sity, died fol­low­ing the attack at the Park Life Fes­ti­val. Left, Robert’s dad Al­lan Hart

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