The son of former mayor admits his role in phone raid

Joss Winter with his dad and former Doncaster Mayor Martin Winter. Picture: Liz Mockler D1660LM
Joss Winter with his dad and former Doncaster Mayor Martin Winter. Picture: Liz Mockler D1660LM

THE teenage son of Doncaster’s first elected mayor Martin Winter has admitted his role in a mobile phone robbery.

Joss Winter, dressed in a smart grey suit, appeared in the dock at the town’s crown court where he pleaded guilty to the mugging.

But he will not be sentenced until after the trial of his co-defendant, Ashley Hirst.

Martin Winter, who served two terms as elected mayor until standing down in June 2009, sat in the public gallery as the charge against the two men was read out.

The clerk asked Joss Winter for his plea to the charge of robbing Richard Hughes of a mobile phone and £100 in cash on October 29 last year and he said “guilty”.

Hirst, 19, of Athelstane Crescent, Edenthorpe, pleaded not guilty to the same charge and his case was adjourned to May 3 for a two-day trial.

A pre-sentence report on Winter had already been prepared for his next appearance, said his barrister, Guy Wyatt.

He was remanded on bail with conditions that he lives at home in Lancaster Crescent, Kirk Sandall, and he has been tagged to ensure he abides by a curfew from 10pm to 7am each night.

Hirst was also granted bail on similar terms.

In February the Free Press revealed that Winter had been charged in connection with the offence.

After his son’s appearance at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court Mr Winter told the Free Press: “A lot of families undergo challenges as people grow up. But it shouldn’t mean that conclusions are met before anything has been decided.”

Mr Winter came to office as mayor in 2002 and the former Labour councillor was re-elected in 2005.

However, during a controversial second term in office Mr Winter announced in 2009 that he would not be standing for re-election, having fallen out with Labour colleagues.

Since leaving office Mr Winter has kept more of a low profile, making only a few appearances in public and was said to be writing a book.