My attacker ‘should have gone to prison’

Simon Whiteley, of Longley Hall Rise, Sheffield, with photographs showing the injuries he sustained when he was attacked.
Simon Whiteley, of Longley Hall Rise, Sheffield, with photographs showing the injuries he sustained when he was attacked.

AN ASSAULT victim left with horrific facial injuries when he was beaten up in his own home said it “beggars belief” that his attacker was not sent to prison.

Simon Whiteley, aged 42, was set upon by Phillip Marriott, aged 37, in his house on Longley Hall Rise, Longley.

As he struggled to defend himself, he suffered two black eyes, cuts and bruises.

After being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Marriott was given a 36-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months by Judge Simon Lawler QC at Sheffield Crown Court.

Simon, an unemployed kitchen porter, said he and Marriott used to be friends.

“He started accusing me of things and punching me in the face. He went ballistic. I tried to get up and defend myself but there wasn’t much I could do.

“I was petrified, I didn’t know if he was going to stop.”

Simon said he was afraid to go out for fear of bumping into his attacker. “Now that I know he’s out and about I really don’t want to go out. I don’t know how the courts can manage to work a sentence like that out.

“Just 36 weeks suspended for 12 months – it beggars belief. I don’t think he should be out walking the streets when he’s done this. I wanted him to go straight to prison.”

Marriott, of Hazel Crescent, Shirebrook, will also be subject to a residence requirement for 12 months.