Former mayor’s son escapes jail sentence

Josh Winter walks in to Magistrates Court with his dad and former Doncaster Mayor Martin Winter, after he was arrested for robbery. Picture: Liz Mockler D1661LM
Josh Winter walks in to Magistrates Court with his dad and former Doncaster Mayor Martin Winter, after he was arrested for robbery. Picture: Liz Mockler D1661LM

The son of Doncaster’s first elected mayor has escaped custody after a judge was told he may have turned to crime because of his father’s political unpopularity.

Martin Winter, who stood down in 2009 when he lost the backing of Labour councillors, was at Doncaster Crown Court to see his son Joss given a suspended sentence.

The 19-year-old admitted robbing a man of his phone and £100 cash and later boasting about the attack on a bridleway between Edenthorpe and Kirk Sandall.

Guy Wyatt, mitigating, told the court: “He has had difficulties because of his father’s political career which has been controversial and during that time there was a great deal of political infighting.

“His father became a subject of considerable unpopularity and he is concerned that fact had some impact on Joss’ early life, but he doesn’t seek to hide behind that, or say that he was acting in any other way than the prosecution had described.”

Prosecutor Jharna Jobes told the court Richard Hughes, 42, was walking home from a night with friends at 2.20am on October 29 when someone jumped on his back, and pulled him to the ground.

Winter sat on his legs to prevent him moving and took the cash and his phone from his pockets before a dog walker intervened and he ran off. Mr Hughes suffered slight injuries.

Mrs Jobes said at 8pm the same day Winter was at a party where he “was bragging about a robbery, saying he had mugged a man on Tesco Fields and was sniggering.”

A second man was acquitted at an earlier trial.

The Judge, Recorder David Hatton, QC, said the offence was out of character because Winter had no previous convictions.

Winter, of Lancaster Avenue, Kirk Sandall, received 12 months in a young offenders’ institution suspended for two years, 200 hours’ unpaid work and a four month curfew. He must pay £500 compensation.