Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears in Court

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears in Court

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TEARS were shed in court as Appleby was convicted.

The family of victim Ron Sharples - sitting in the front rows of the public gallery - maintained a quiet dignity throughout the two-week trial.

At times it became too much for his widow Christine and daughter Karen who both cried as they listened to the evidence of how the husband and father was killed in a New Year's Day street attack.

But there was no outburst from any of Mr Sharples's family as the jury foreman announced the guilty verdict to be recorded against 18-year-old Appleby.

The group also remained outwardly calm as the foreman announced the jury had been unable to reach a verdict on Appleby's co-accused Scott Ross Fullam, also 18, who now faces a possible re-trial.

Christine Sharples was the first member of the family to take to the witness box for the prosecution's case against the two teenagers.

She broke down as she described the horror of kneeling over her husband as he died on Inglewood Avenue, just a short distance from their family home. …

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