Monkseaton shootings

The Monkseaton shootings occurred on 30 April 1989 in Monkseaton, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom, when Robert Sartin killed one man and left 14 other people injured during a 20-minute shooting spree.[1]

Monkseaton shootings
LocationMonkseaton, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
Date30 April 1989 (1989-04-30)
Attack type
Spree shooting, murder
Weapons12-bore double-barreled shotgun
PerpetratorRobert Sartin


Sartin, a 22-year-old clerk, took his father's double-barrelled shotgun and began shooting at people in nearby gardens, houses, and passing cars. Witnesses described how Sartin fired indiscriminately at people.[2] He then drove his car towards the seafront at Whitley Bay, followed by an unmarked police car, and was arrested by unarmed police officer Danny Herdman.[1]

Sartin was charged with the murder of Kenneth Mackintosh in Windsor Road, Monkseaton, and 17 counts of attempted murder.[3] In May 1996, he appeared at Durham Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and he was subsequently detained indefinitely at a secure mental unit.[1]

See alsoEdit


  • Cawthorne, Nigel; Tibballs, Geoff (1994) [1993]. Killers: The Ruthless Exponents of Murder. London: Boxtree. ISBN 0-752-20850-0.
  • Lane, Brian (1995). Chronicle of 20th Century Murder. Wiltshire: Select Editions. ISBN 978-0-425-14649-1.


  1. ^ a b c Adrian Pitches (2 May 2009). "Town struggles to recall shooting". BBC News. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Ministers set to reject calls for new gun curbs". Glasgow Herald. 2 May 1989. p. 1. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Man on 17 murder bid charges". Glasgow Herald. 31 May 1989. p. 3. Retrieved 3 June 2010.