Army Veteran Dies After Allegedly Being Struck Over The Head With A Bottle

The family of a former soldier who tragically died after he was allegedly attacked in Chesterfield at the weekend, have paid tribute to their “beautiful boy”.

Joseph Robotham, 23, was taken to hospital after officers were called to an incident outside Vibe bar, in Holywell Street, at about 3.50 am on Saturday 8th February.

The 23-year-old was allegedly struck over the head with a bottle and sadly died in hospital on Sunday night.

His family have paid tribute to Joseph by saying:

“Joseph was our beautiful boy; he was cruelly taken away from us.

“He was larger than life and had experienced the world.

“We love him so much, he will always be missed and will we never recover.”

Mr Robotham’s friend Luke Keeling, 24, who served in the 1st Battalion of the Mercian Regiment with him until last year, has started a Gofundme page in his memory.

The fundraiser, which has thus far raised £2757, was created with the hope of helping Mr Robotham’s family pay for his funeral.

In a touching tribute to his friend, Luke said:

‘Hello everyone, let me start with the story and the reason for this Gofundme page. 

‘One of my best friends, Joseph Robotham a 23-year-old British Army veteran, was tragically taken away from us by an act of violence outside a bar in Chesterfield about 03:50 am on Saturday 8th February and sadly passed away at 23:30 on Sunday 9th February. 

‘Joe was an amazing bloke that words can’t describe; he was loved by all and hated by none, he would give you a ten-mile smile when all was gloom and create a moral lifting boost whenever you’re down. 

‘Joe was a well-known soldier while serving in the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment for a staggering four years, serving on exercises in Canada, Lithuania and Oman. 

‘He made many friends and endless memories. 

‘A true Sheffield United fan and a football fanatic, his presence may be gone, but his memory will live on. 

‘I would like for anyone who did and didn’t know joe to please put their hand in their pocket and donate what they can to help with the burden of the funeral cost, and he deserves all we can give. 

‘May you rest in peace brother.’

CLICK HERE to visit the JustGiving page that has been set up for Joe

A 24-year-old man was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon yesterday (Monday 10th February).

Connor Rose, of no fixed abode, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court this morning and has been remanded into prison custody.

A second man, aged 28, was arrested on suspicion of affray and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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