Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Villain's New Fight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Villain's New Fight

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Byline: By Linda Richards

A man who has been behind bars for the past nine years is launching another bid to clear his name.

Convicted gangster Robert Webber is taking his fight for freedom to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates miscarriages of justice.

The 42-year-old was convicted of plotting to murder rival Terence Mitchell in 1995 following a gangland shoot-out on Tyneside.

In addition to his 18-year sentence for conspiracy to murder, Webber was also jailed for 11 years to run concurrently for witness intimidation and possession of firearms.

His co-accused, Paul Ashton, was also given 18 years for the conspiracy charge and a further five years for violent disorder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

During the trial at Newcastle Crown Court in April 1998 the jury heard a terrifying account of drive-by gun fights, punishment beatings and bayonet attacks involving members of the Tyneside underworld. …

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