Mum’s horrifying shotgun injuries after she was shot by brothers while cooking

A woman from Newcastle was brutally attacked and shot in her home by two brothers who had a fall-out with her son.

Emma Robinson, who was at the time of the shootout cooking pie in her home in Westerhope, was assaulted by Thomas Lee, 21, and James Lee, 27, on October 3.

As Ms Robinson was making food in her kitchen, she suddenly heard a loud blast, followed by breaking glass, before feeling pain in her face and from her back.

Newcastle Crown Court heard yesterday that the mum did not comprehend at first that she had been attacked and that she had "shotgun pellets embedded in her body" until she went to Ponteland Walk-in Centre the following day, for treatment to her injuries.

Simon Myerson QC, a prosecutor working the case, told the court: "She was making cottage pie.

"She heard a loud noise which she said was simultaneously a bang and the sound of breaking glass. She felt something hit the side of her face.

"There was glass everywhere. She turned around and she was hit in the back and she did not know what had happened."

Jurors heard the prosecutor explain what health workers had found when treating the wounded mum at the medical facility: "When she was there she was told these looked like shotgun wounds.

"At the time it simply shocked her but as the information sank in she realised how serious this was."

The court reportedly learnt that Ms Robinson had sustained injuries from shotgun pellets and flying glass to her face, "just above her right eye, her arm, back and behind her ear".

It was then revealed that Thomas and James carried out the shooting and assault as a result of ongoing feuds with "victims or their families".

Nevertheless, the Lee brothers both respectively denied two charges of attempted murder, one of “wounding with intent” and one of “attempted wounding with intent during a trial”.

Moreover, James was also charged with "possessing firearm ammunition while prohibited".

Consequently, the jury found them both guilty of the "attempted murder of Ms Robinson".

They were, however, cleared of trying to murder their cousin, Jordan King, who was killed two days after the first crime.

"The prosecution case is pretty straightforward, anyone who fires a gun through a window at a person they can see is standing there, in the way of the gunshot, intends to kill," the prosecutor said.

He added: "Guns are not toys, guns are not particularly controllable."

The siblings are reportedly in custody and will be sentenced next Thursday.

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