Dumped lover, out on bail for assaulting ex, slaughters her teenage son and kills himself a day before appearing in court
On October 11, Robert Goodwin was found dead in the woods near the allotments in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent hours after Nathan Bates was found dead in his mother's house nearby
A 57-year-old man who was released on bail after attacking his ex-girlfriend slaughtered her son and killed himself a day before he was due to appear in court.
On October 11, Robert Goodwin was found dead in the woods near the allotments in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Earlier that day, Nathan Bates was found dead in his mother Tania Morris's house nearby. It is believed that Robert entered his ex-girlfriend's house where Nathan was sleeping, dragged him out of bed and slaughtered him before going to the woods nearby and killing himself. Nathan's death is being treated as murder while Robert's death remains unexplained.
According to DailyMail, the neighbors revealed that Tania and Robert had a stormy relationship. Robert had previously tried to gouge out the eyes of his ex-girlfriend Tania. He then appeared at Stoke Magistrates Court for allegedly breaching his bail by threatening her a day before the tragedy.
The police are currently appealing for public's help to put the pieces of the murder together and to figure out what happened hours before and after the murder. DailyMail reported that Nathan's grandmother Marjorie Bates described Robert as "an evil coward."
Nathan's grandmother said, "He and Tania went out together for about three or four years. I only met him a couple of times, but I didn't like him. He looked like a bully." Talking about her grandson, she said, "Nathan was a lovely lad, he was never any trouble. He'd pop round here to see me, especially since his grandad died 18 months ago."
She also revealed that Nathan used to live with his mom after she separated from his dad but he moved out a few years ago because he did not get along with Robert.
"Nathan lived with his mum after she split up from his dad Andrew, but a couple of years ago he moved out. He didn't get on with Robert. He and his dad bought a house together and had done it up. He lived there most of the time but, on the odd occasion, he would sleep at his mum's.
"It was just bad luck he was there on the morning Robert decided to let himself in. He must have known Tania wasn't in because her car wasn't on the front, and Nathan didn't have a car. So why he went around there I can only guess," Marjorie added.
When Tania and the police entered Nathan's room they found him lying dead with injuries around the head. Robert's body was found around lunchtime later that day. He was found hanging from a tree in the woods just a few minutes away from the allotment.
Nathan's grandmother added that his father is distraught, saying, "Andrew is in bits, he's really struggling. He's lost his only son and his best mate and, like the rest of us, he wants to know how the killer was free to roam the streets."