How the dad of a Chesterfield murder victim wants to help make venues safer
The father of a former soldier from Chesterfield who died after being hit by a glass bottle in the town is campaigning for change so other families do not have to go through the same tragedy.
Joseph Robotham, 23, of Sheffield Road, was attacked by Connor Rose outside Vibe in February 2020.
Earlier this year, Rose was jailed for life for his murder.
Now, Joseph’s father Richard is calling for a safety scheme to accredit venues which do not hand out glass containers.
He said: “Everyone deserves a good night out – but no one deserves to die or get seriously injured as a consequence of the misuse of bottles.
“These types of attacks happen regularly – bottles can be a weapon of choice.
“Some venues already have a service where bottles are not handed over.
“I'm campaigning for some sort of accreditation certificate so places which have this service get a sign saying 'no bottles here’.”
He added: “I urge parents to take note that, together with the police and publicans, maybe the future safety of clubs and pub can be enhanced.
“If someone else dies like Joseph did and I hadn’t done all I could to stop it, I wouldn’t be able to rest."
Richard has the backing of Derbyshire Constabulary and politicians including North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley.
Earlier this year, Rose, 25, who registered his address as Baden Powell Road, Chesterfield, was found guilty of murdering Joseph following a two-week trial at Derby Crown Court.
Rose had attacked Joseph in the early hours of February 8 last year, knocking him unconscious with a single blow.
Prosecutors told the court how Rose used a beer bottle to hit Joseph before he fell and banged his head on the ground, suffering a fractured skull.
Joseph was rushed to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital but sadly died from ‘devastating’ brain injuries the next day.
The young engineer served in the 1st Battalion of the Mercian Regiment for four years and had completed exercises in Canada, Lithuania and Oman.
Richard previously told the Derbyshire Times: “Losing Joe hurts every day.
“In his death all our hearts are broken forever.
“Joe was absolutely beautiful both as a baby, child and man.
“His laugh and smile infected everyone around him.”