Mum’s plea 2 years af­ter death of Rob


ROBERT Hart’s grief­stricken mum has made an emo­tional plea for the ‘girl­friend’ of his killer to come for­ward.

Elaine Hart, who spoke ahead of the two year an­niver­sary of the death of her Mac­cles­field son, is ap­peal­ing ‘to the con­science’ of a key fe­male wit­ness.

A blonde woman, be­lieved to be in her early twen­ties, was seen pulling Robert’s killer away mo­ments af­ter Robert was punched to the ground at a Manch­ester mu­sic fes­ti­val. Po­lice be­lieve the woman could have been the at­tacker’s friend or girl­friend.

Elaine, 68, of Bolling­ton, said: “Two years fur­ther on and there has been com­plete si­lence. The woman who dragged the at­tacker from Robert, she walked away with the at­tacker.

“She knows who she is. She knows who he is.”

Det Supt Phil Reade said he had ‘no doubt’ the woman knows who the at­tacker is.

He said: “We have wit- nesses who de­scribe the at­tacker in the mo­ments im­me­di­ately af­ter he struck Robert talk­ing to a fe­male who par­tially drags him away and pulled him away into the crowd.

“She is clearly a vi­tal wit­ness.”

The woman is de­scribed as white with blonde, shoul­der-length hair and is around 5ft 7ins tall.

She was wear­ing a pink top with a dark jacket over the top.

Det Supt Reade added: “Loy­al­ties change, peo­ple drop their guard. Dis­cus­sions have no doubt taken place with re­gards to this at­tack be­tween the at­tacker and blonde fe­male since.”

Po­lice are also keen to speak to a man who is be­lieved to have been with the at­tacker.

He is de­scribed as white, around 6ft 1ins, wear­ing a dark jacket.

Robert, 26, from Mac­cles­field, was bru­tally as­saulted near the main stage at Park­life Week­ender Fes­ti­val at around 9.15pm on Satur­day, June 7, 2014.

He trag­i­cally died sev­eral days later as a re­sult of his in­juries.

Elaine said her fam­ily ‘had be­come bro­ken’ by Robert’s death. She added: “We are heart­bro­ken at the thought the at­tacker is still out there,” she added. “He punched Robert so hard it caused a bleed on his brain and it killed him, for no rea­son.”

Po­lice have re­newed their ap­peal for fes­ti­val­go­ers at Park­life that day to sub­mit any photographs or video footage.

A £23,000 re­ward, of­fered by Park­life or­gan­is­ers and Crimestop­pers, is still avail­able to any­one who pro­vides in­for­ma­tion which leads to the con­vic­tion of Robert’s at­tacker.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact po­lice on 0161 856 9283 or email help­bobby@gmp.po­lice. uk. Al­ter­na­tively you can call po­lice on 101 or the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

●● Ray Booth dur­ing his time with Ver­non Build­ing So­ci­ety Brass Band

●● Elaine Hart and Robert (inset)

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