Jury told they can now reach majority verdict in trial of man accused of killing former Chesterfield soldier and Sheffield United fan

The jury considering the fate of a man accused of murdering a former soldier from Chesterfield has now been told they can reach a majority verdict.

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 3:02 pm

Connor Rose, 25, is accused of the murder of Joseph Robothom, following an altercation outside Vibe Bar, in Holywell Street, in the early hours of Saturday, February 8 last year.

Rose smashed a bottle into the face of Mr Robotham, of Sheffield Road, Old Whittington, after the 25-year-old got into a fight with a friend of Rose’, identified in court as Adrian Strafford.

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Joseph Tobotham died after he was hit in the face with a bottle

Mr Robotham was rendered unconscious by the blow, and fell heavily to the floor, banging his head on the ground and fracturing his skull.

After seven-and-a-half hours of deliberations, they have now been told they can return a verdict of 10-2 or 11-1.

Rose was arrested the day after the killing when he was identified on CCTV footage of the incident and later admitted the manslaughter of Mr Robotham.

But he denies murder.

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