Eastbourne pensioner faces prison for sheltering grandson

Doreen Mitchell
Doreen Mitchell

AN EASTBOURNE pensioner is facing a jail sentence for sheltering her grandson after he took part in a revenge attack.

Grandmother Doreen Mitchell, 68, pictured right, took in 21-year-old Bobby Winser at her Brassey Avenue home following the brutal killing of Daniel Herbert. Mitchell and her son Darren, 42, then lied to police in an attempt to prevent him from being caught.

Winser, his friend Michael Campbell, 25, and two other men savagely attacked Mr Herbert after Winser’s lucrative cannabis harvest was repeatedly targeted by thieves.

Club promoter Mr Herbert, 27, was then shot in the head in Clements Road, Rotherhithe, in the early hours of August 17, 2009.

After the killing the pair fled to Eastbourne in Campbell’s car, where Winser’s grandmother lives with his uncle Darren Mitchell.

They were caught after unwittingly confiding in a registered police informant who happened to be a friend of the family.

He gave details to his contacts within Sussex Police and passed on the information to detectives in the capital.

The man, who cannot be identified for his own protection, claimed Winser had attacked Mr Mitchell and then Campbell ‘put one through his nut’.

But jurors rejected his evidence and cleared both Winser and Campbell of the murder charge.

They were instead convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent for taking part in the beating.

Both Doreen and Darren Mitchell were convicted of assisting an offender. All four will now be sentenced next month.

In a police statement Doreen Mitchell claimed she never saw Winser and branded the witness a notorious liar.

“This is making me feel quite sick,” she said. “I am telling you the truth. I didn’t know anything about it. Why have you got to tell me this? I wasn’t present.”

However, Doreen and Darren Mitchell were convicted by a majority of 10 to two.