999 call played to jury in Old Colwyn murder trial

Antoni Robinson
Image caption Antoni Robinson suffered multiple stab wounds, the court heard

The former partner of a retired antiques dealer made a 999 call saying that his daughter's boyfriend had stabbed him, a court has heard.

Mold Crown Court heard a recording of Joanne Barr telling an operator Gordon Harding had stabbed Antoni Robinson, 61, at his home in Old Colwyn, Conwy.

Mr Harding, 20, Mr Robinson's daughter Ashleigh Robinson, 19, Sacha Roberts, 19, and a 16-year-old girl deny murder.

The trial before Mr Justice Griffith-Williams is proceeding.

The jury heard how Miss Barr told the 999 operator last July that she presumed that Mr Robinson, who was stabbed while sleeping, was dead but she had not checked.

She said Mr Harding had done it, and claimed that Mr Robinson had threatened his daughter and her baby, whose father is Mr Harding.

The first police officer to arrive at the house, at 0146 BST, was dog handler Pc Rhian Evans, the court was told.

Image caption Ashleigh Robinson and Gordon Harding both deny murdering her father

'Hugging each other'

Pc Evans found the four defendants together in the living room, hugging each other.

She arrested Mr Harding on suspicion of wounding but after seeing the body, she arrested him on suspicion of murder.

The court heard another officer and a paramedic later found Mr Robinson lying on the bed with his feet on the floor.

He had no pulse, was not breathing and an ECG test confirmed that he was dead.

The court heard that Mr Robinson, died after receiving multiple stab wounds on 7 July last year at his bungalow home at Llanelian Road, Old Colwyn.

The prosecution said it was a tragic family dispute about money, jewellery and property.

Andrew Thomas, prosecuting, told the jury that at the very least the four defendants were guilty of murder because they supported and encouraged Mr Harding.

They were all present in the house at the time.

"They knew that Harding was going into the bedroom," he said.

"They knew that Harding was armed with a knife. They knew that there was likely to be a violent confrontation. The prosecution say that they are therefore guilty of murder as secondary parties."

Mr Thomas said that in the case of Gordon Harding, he admitted using the knife to cause injuries to Mr Robinson.

He said Mr Harding claimed that he was acting in self defence, but that Mr Robinson had suffered 19 wounds, 15 stab wounds, some of which were to the back.

All four also face a charge of perverting the course of public justice. Mr Harding denies this charge but the others admit it.

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