Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

Mother, 29, walks free from court despite glassing boyfriend

Mother, 29, walks free from court despite glassing her boyfriend and severing his earlobe in pub row about him ‘not paying her enough attention’

  • Sophie Ellis, 29, twice smashed a pint glass over the head of Jamie Marshman
  • He had been standing at the crowded bar in the Saracen’s Head pub in Worcester
  • The mother-of-one from Warndon Villages, Worcester, got suspended sentence

Sophie Ellis (pictured), 29, twice smashed a pint glass over the head of Jamie Marshman

A ‘psycho’ mother who glassed her boyfriend in a pub and severed his earlobe has been spared jail.

Sophie Ellis, 29, twice smashed a pint glass over the head of Jamie Marshman while he stood at the crowded bar in the Saracen’s Head pub in The Tything, Worcester.

The mother-of-one from Warndon Villages, Worcester, was given a suspended sentence at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.

CCTV footage of the attack was played in court which showed men trying to drag Ellis away from Mr Marshman after he was hit with the glass.

She admitted Section 20 wounding (without intent) but denied the more serious charge of Section 18 wounding (with intent) following the attack on October 26.

Mr Marshman is in a relationship with the defendant and had not supported the prosecution.

On occasions, he stood up in the public gallery and leaned on the railing overlooking the court.

Antonie Muller, prosecuting, said the couple had a disagreement in the pub at around 7pm ‘effectively about him not paying her enough attention’.

Later at the bar, she stuck him twice with the victim’s own half-full pint glass.

Mr Marshman had been standing at the crowded bar in the Saracen’s Head pub in The Tything, Worcester (pictured)

Mr Muller said: ‘She lost her self-control. She slapped him in the face and tried to headbutt him.

‘The glass broke on his head. He was left with various cuts to his head including a partially severed earlobe.’

The victim received four stitches in his ear at the hospital while Ellis made full admissions in the police interview.

‘She said she was ashamed of what she had done,’ Mr Muller told the court.

Ellis had no previous convictions before the assault and had shown remorse, the court was told.

Jason Patel, defending, asked his client to be given full credit for her early guilty plea.

He said the CCTV footage showed it was ‘not one way’, describing her as ‘mortified by her actions’.

James Burbidge QC, the Recorder of Worcester, said that Ellis claimed Mr Marshman was ‘a coercive and controlling individual’ but added: ‘This is not a court of moral judgement.’

He discounted 33 per cent from the length of the custodial element of her sentence to reflect her early guilty plea.

Mr Marshman had also entered a retraction statement on March 16.

The mother-of-one from Warndon Villages, Worcester, was given a suspended sentence at Worcester Crown Court (pictured) on Wednesday

Judge Burbidge said Mr Marshman was ‘not the only victim – it’s not a crime that only affects him’ and the case could not be decided by the parties involved.

He added: ‘In his statement, he sounds indignant.’

The judge read out part of a letter from Mr Marshman, who said police and the CPS ‘had not taken the time or effort to see or consider a bigger picture’.

He branded their actions ‘despicable’ before going on to say he intends to make a complaint.

However, the judge also read out Mr Marshman’s original witness statement in which the victim said: ‘There was no reason for Sophie to glass me.

‘I’m in full support of police action for this relationship is now over. I do not wish for Sophie to contact me any longer. I always thought she had a psycho streak.’

Mr Marshman, who said he had drunk 13 pints of beer, initially described what happened to him as ‘completely uncalled for’.

Judge Burbidge sentenced Ellis to 16 months in prison suspended for one year and ordered her to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

He told her she must organise childcare to allow her to complete it but would not be able to do the unpaid work immediately due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The judge also ordered her to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

The defendant could be seen crying and dabbing her eyes with a tissue before she walked free from court.

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