Man jailed for attack

Swindon Advertiser: Clive Marsh, who was jailed for six years Clive Marsh, who was jailed for six years

A SWINDON bank worker who subjected a woman friend to serious and gratuitous violence has been jailed for six years.

After a drinking session Clive Marsh suddenly attacked his friend Alexandria Nolan outside the Seventeen Black club in Cirencester.

She suffered multiple injuries, including a fracture of the eye socket and two fractures of the nose, prosecutor Julian Kesner told Gloucester Crown Court.

Ten months on she suffers pain in her jaw and her vision and breathing have been affected.

Zambian-born Marsh, of Stockpole Crescent, Swindon, who had never been in trouble with the law before, admitted to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Ms Nolan with intent.

Judge William Hart said: “Why you did it is impossible to discern, save for the fact that you were undoubtedly very heavily intoxicated with alcohol.”

“I would not be surprised if that was not added to by other illicit substances.”

The court had been told that Marsh was drinking “snakebites” for the first time that night.

“You punched her to the ground and you continued to rain blows to her head and face in a sustained and frenzied attack,” the judge said.

Marsh took no notice of the efforts of another woman friend to stop him attacking Ms Nolan.

“When Miss Nolan finally lay unconscious on the floor you kicked her to the head,” said the judge.

“I am told that when you saw the pictures of the injuries you inflicted on her you were physically sick.

“That shows the nature of what you had done and the truly horrific nature of what happened to her.”

Ms Nolan had since been having nightmares and had lost her relationship with her boyfriend because her personality had changed from outgoing to withdrawn as a result of her ordeal, the judge said.

Mr Kesner told the court the incident happened on February16 when Marsh was visiting Cirencester.

Ms Nolan was working until 10pm but then went to meet him – by which time he was already drunk and had got into a confrontation at the club which resulted in him being escorted out.

Dermot Clarke, defending, said Marsh has no recollection of the attack.

He is very remorseful and would like to be able to meet Ms Nolan to apologise, he said.

“His family cannot believe what has happened. Since February he no longer drinks and he no longer takes recreational drugs. He realises alcohol was a contributing factor.

“He had been drinking snakebites and had never drunk them before.”

Marsh had always been in work and was employed by a national bank until he quit after the attack because he did not want his offence to embarrass his colleagues and employers, said Mr Clarke.

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7:40am Tue 24 Dec 13

ging999 says...

Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia.
Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia. ging999

8:24am Tue 24 Dec 13

swindonurock says...

ging999 wrote:
Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia.
I'm not defending this guy at all, but:

a) It seems quite obvious that drink and/or drugs were a factor in the attack. They can make some people do some really tragic/stupid things; that's not using them as an excuse, it's just the way it is. The fact that his defence lawyer mentioned it is simply what a defence lawyer would be expected to do - try and get the best deal for his client.

b) Why would you want him deported to Zambia when he's obviously British? He wouldn't be working in a bank here unless he was a GB citizen. Maybe what you wanted to say, but figured you wouldn't get away with it, is that because he's black he should go back to Africa. I think if he's got a British passport then he's British and should server his sentence here. If he was a foreigner, which he isn't, then sure, permanently deport him.

Given some of the light sentences people seem to get these days, six years seems to be headed in the right direction, though no doubt he'll not serve anywhere near the full term.
[quote][p][bold]ging999[/bold] wrote: Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia.[/p][/quote]I'm not defending this guy at all, but: a) It seems quite obvious that drink and/or drugs were a factor in the attack. They can make some people do some really tragic/stupid things; that's not using them as an excuse, it's just the way it is. The fact that his defence lawyer mentioned it is simply what a defence lawyer would be expected to do - try and get the best deal for his client. b) Why would you want him deported to Zambia when he's obviously British? He wouldn't be working in a bank here unless he was a GB citizen. Maybe what you wanted to say, but figured you wouldn't get away with it, is that because he's black he should go back to Africa. I think if he's got a British passport then he's British and should server his sentence here. If he was a foreigner, which he isn't, then sure, permanently deport him. Given some of the light sentences people seem to get these days, six years seems to be headed in the right direction, though no doubt he'll not serve anywhere near the full term. swindonurock

10:08am Tue 24 Dec 13

EmmBee says...

ging999 wrote:
Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia.
"Man"? Beating up a woman because he can't hold his drink? That's not a man...
[quote][p][bold]ging999[/bold] wrote: Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia.[/p][/quote]"Man"? Beating up a woman because he can't hold his drink? That's not a man... EmmBee

10:09am Tue 24 Dec 13

RichardR1 says...

Many non Brits work for British Banks.
Many non Brits work for British Banks. RichardR1

12:54pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Ringer says...

swindonurock wrote:
ging999 wrote:
Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia.
I'm not defending this guy at all, but:

a) It seems quite obvious that drink and/or drugs were a factor in the attack. They can make some people do some really tragic/stupid things; that's not using them as an excuse, it's just the way it is. The fact that his defence lawyer mentioned it is simply what a defence lawyer would be expected to do - try and get the best deal for his client.

b) Why would you want him deported to Zambia when he's obviously British? He wouldn't be working in a bank here unless he was a GB citizen. Maybe what you wanted to say, but figured you wouldn't get away with it, is that because he's black he should go back to Africa. I think if he's got a British passport then he's British and should server his sentence here. If he was a foreigner, which he isn't, then sure, permanently deport him.

Given some of the light sentences people seem to get these days, six years seems to be headed in the right direction, though no doubt he'll not serve anywhere near the full term.
He'll only serve 3 years in prison, possibly a couple of months less than that if he behaves 'well'.

Kicking and stamping on an unconscious person's head while they are on the floor is about as bad as it gets, pure luck if the victim doesn't die.

That said, I have known a certain local judge still allow convicted criminals to walk free from his court after having done it.

Being drunk and/or on drugs at the time of the offence are actually aggravating factors (by their OWN sentencing guidelines) - although always accepted as mitigating factors by our increasingly bizarre judiciary.
[quote][p][bold]swindonurock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ging999[/bold] wrote: Yet another offender using drink and drugs as an excuse. This man should be deported back to Zambia.[/p][/quote]I'm not defending this guy at all, but: a) It seems quite obvious that drink and/or drugs were a factor in the attack. They can make some people do some really tragic/stupid things; that's not using them as an excuse, it's just the way it is. The fact that his defence lawyer mentioned it is simply what a defence lawyer would be expected to do - try and get the best deal for his client. b) Why would you want him deported to Zambia when he's obviously British? He wouldn't be working in a bank here unless he was a GB citizen. Maybe what you wanted to say, but figured you wouldn't get away with it, is that because he's black he should go back to Africa. I think if he's got a British passport then he's British and should server his sentence here. If he was a foreigner, which he isn't, then sure, permanently deport him. Given some of the light sentences people seem to get these days, six years seems to be headed in the right direction, though no doubt he'll not serve anywhere near the full term.[/p][/quote]He'll only serve 3 years in prison, possibly a couple of months less than that if he behaves 'well'. Kicking and stamping on an unconscious person's head while they are on the floor is about as bad as it gets, pure luck if the victim doesn't die. That said, I have known a certain local judge still allow convicted criminals to walk free from his court after having done it. Being drunk and/or on drugs at the time of the offence are actually aggravating factors (by their OWN sentencing guidelines) - although always accepted as mitigating factors by our increasingly bizarre judiciary. Ringer

6:21pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Moth says...

Make this coward serve the full 6 years then deport him back to Zambia.
Make this coward serve the full 6 years then deport him back to Zambia. Moth

12:33pm Fri 27 Dec 13

salt and vinegar says...

Looks a arrogant scumbag to me, send back to Zambia as soon as he is let out.
Looks a arrogant scumbag to me, send back to Zambia as soon as he is let out. salt and vinegar

8:24am Tue 31 Dec 13

Mushymushy says...

salt and vinegar wrote:
Looks a arrogant scumbag to me, send back to Zambia as soon as he is let out.
You sound like an arrogant scum bag lets send you to some foreign country you probably never been to.idiot
[quote][p][bold]salt and vinegar[/bold] wrote: Looks a arrogant scumbag to me, send back to Zambia as soon as he is let out.[/p][/quote]You sound like an arrogant scum bag lets send you to some foreign country you probably never been to.idiot Mushymushy

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