Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Ticking Tyneside Timebomb Who Was Freed by the System to Strike Once Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Ticking Tyneside Timebomb Who Was Freed by the System to Strike Once Again

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @@Sophie_Doughty

VILE Lee Cockburn, who beat a pensioner black and blue in her own home, had already been locked-up for the machete murder of a man 20 years ago, we can reveal today.

As the vicious brute was sent back to jail for the cowardly attack on frail Jean Young, the Chronicle can reveal the horrifying details of Cockburn's violent past, and his mum's battle to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Cockburn, 40, has been sentenced to seven years and eight months for his attack on 83-yearold Mrs Young after robbing her in her Fenham home. The pensioner was left with horrific injuries in the cowardly assault.

But today, we can reveal the attacker's horrific history of violence.

Cockburn was just 20 when he was convicted of murdering Mick McHugh at a flat in Newcastle's West End.

Newcastle Crown Court were told how neighbours heard the victim begging for mercy before he was knifed through the heart, at his home on Benwell's Stanton Street.

And terrified friends in his flat, on Stanton Street, took cover as he tried to defend himself with a club or table leg, the jury was told.

Despite suffering a deadly stab wound through the heart, Mick managed to stagger out of the building before collapsing against a car in nearby Beaconsfield Street.

A friend who found him raised the alarm, but 5ft 5ins Mick bled to death before paramedics reached him.

A neighbour told how she heard him pleading for his life and begging the attackers not to kill him. Cockburn was convicted of murder alongside Darren Vent following a three-week trial.

His father, Kevin Cockburn, was cleared of murder. Cockburn and Vent were jailed for life.

After the murder Cockburn's mum, Janice Hall told how she tried her best to keep her son out of trouble. …

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