Jail for man who attacked father

A MAN who attacked and vowed to kill his father in a violent early-morning row has been jailed for six months.

A MAN who attacked and vowed to kill his father in a violent early-morning row has been jailed for six months.

Dean Marshall claimed to have drunk two litres of vodka before he arrived at his parents’ house in Park Road, Stukeley Meadows, in the early hours of February 22.

He was taken there by police officers, who had found the 28-year-old sleeping in the front garden of his ex-partner’s home after he had returned from a night out in Cambridge.

Marshall barged into the house he shared with his parents at around 4am and went into his father’s bedroom. He grabbed his father, who is in his 60s, around the neck, causing him to gargle and strike out to free himself.

He then began shouting at his mother in the kitchen downstairs, and pushed his father across the room when he tried to intervene.

Marshall pleaded guilty to charges of assault by battery and making threats to kill at a hearing in February, and was bailed to a friend’s address in Deal Close, Huntingdon.

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At a sentencing hearing at Huntingdon Crown Court last Wednesday (April 13), prosecutor Hugh Vass told the court that Marshall had threatened to put his father “six feet under”.

Mr Vass added: “The defendant approached his father and told him ‘I’m going to crush every bone in your face so the blood runs through my fingers.’”

An anonymous 999 phone call alerted police, and they arrested Marshall at the scene. He made full admissions in interview.

Pre-sentence reports from the probation service had suggested Marshall would benefit from a suspended sentence and the chance to obtain help for his self-confessed anger management and alcohol problems.

Claire Howell, mitigating, said that Marshall accepted he had engaged in “destructive behaviour” in the past, but that he was prepared to seek help if he were given “one last chance”.

“This man accepts he had problems, but has not had the opportunity to get help from properly qualified people with those problems,” she said.

“If he gets help, he is perfectly capable of being a decent, law-abiding member of society.”

Letters of reference were also presented to the judge from Marshall’s former employer and neighbour, but judge Patrick O’Brien said that only immediate custody could be justified.

He said: “This was a thoroughly disgraceful incident: attacking your father twice, threatening to kill him, and using the most florid language against him.”

Adding that alcohol was no excuse for Marshall’s actions, Judge O’Brien said: “Justice cannot possibly be done without sending you to prison and sending you there straight away.”