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Victim's mother in sword ban vow
Robert Dunne
Robert Dunne died from a single wound
The mother of a Middlesbrough man killed with a samurai sword has vowed to get bladed weapons banned in the UK.

Thirty-one-year-old father Robert Dunne was murdered in January 2003.

Jason Kelly, who was 19, was jailed for life after pleading guilty to murdering Mr Dunne with the 12-inch blade he kept at his home in Middlesbrough.

Barbara Dunne has launched a nationwide campaign to have combat blades banned and urged anyone who owns an assault knife or samurai sword to hand them in.

A judge at Teesside Crown Court sentenced Kelly to life, with a recommendation he serve at least eight years.

Regardless of how nice you think they look as ornaments they are dangerous and they are taking lives
Barbara Dunne

Mr Dunne died from a single blow from the sword, which punctured his heart.

Mrs Dunne said: "I am going to keep going on and on with this because I don't want anyone else to suffer the injuries - to have no chance at all to live after being stabbed the way that Robert was.

"I am not just doing this for my son or his child, I am doing it for everybody."

Mrs Dunne said she will take her petition, calling for the weapons to be banned, to Downing Street and hand it in herself.

She appealed for anyone with such weapons at home to hand them in: "Regardless of how nice you think they look as ornaments they are dangerous and they are taking lives."


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