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 email@example.com. 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)