Robert Tiffin jailed for life for murder of wife Lisa Banks

Robert Tiffin stabbed Lisa Banks to death in a frenzied attack in the North Shields barbers where she worked

Robert Tiffin (inset) appeared at Newcastle Crown Court
Robert Tiffin (inset) appeared at Newcastle Crown Court

A murderer has been jailed for life after savagely stabbing his estranged wife to death because she wouldn’t go for a drink with him.

Lisa Banks had already left Robert Tiffin after growing sick of his violent and controlling behaviour.

But he lived across the road from the barbers in North Shields where she worked and would watch her and go and talk to her.

And, when she refused to go out with him after work one Saturday, he waited until she was alone in the shop and launched a frenzied knife attack on her, stabbing and slashing her 27 times.

Prosecutors claim Tiffin tried to carry out his threat to behead Lisa and she suffered multiple wounds to her neck.

After butchering the 46-year-old, evil Tiffin then stole from her body and went on the drink.

Now the savage murderer, who muttered obsenities at Lisa’s grieving family and complained they were looking at him in court, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years. Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge James Goss QC told Tiffin: “It was a savage and sustained attack and you subjected her to pain and suffering before her death.

“No sentence of this court can undo or compensate for the loss you have caused.


“Not only has a good life been horrifically cut short, but those left behind will suffer that loss for the rest of their lives.”

Mother-of-two Lisa, who was expecting her first grandchild at the time of her murder, met Tiffin in 2011 and within months they were married. However, her family disapproved of the bully and tried to persuade her to leave him.

Eventually, Lisa did move out of their flat on Nile Street, North Shields, and went to live with her daughter round the corner.

But Tiffin, 46, didn’t get the message and kept contacting her. Lisa told her family she had to stay in contact with him to keep the peace.

Tiffin waited for Lisa’s boss to leave the Sole O barbers, on Nile Street, on the afternoon of September 7 last year.

Only Tiffin knows exactly what happened in the barbers but he ended up using a kitchen knife from his flat to brutally murder his wife. Most of the knife wounds were inflicted while she was on the ground, the court heard.

She had 11 slashes to her neck and head, two stab wounds to her chest and 14 to her arms.

Prosecutors said Tiffin went back to the murder scene afterwards, stealing Lisa’s £130 wages and jewellery.

After the murder, Tiffin tried to pay for a bus fare to Newcastle with a blood-soaked £5 note, then went drinking.


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