Violent man called victim 600 times from prison

Violent man called victim 600 times from prison

By David Parker | 01/02/2021

Violent man called victim 600 times from prison
Sam Marshall


A “CRUEL” man smashed up his pregnant girlfriend’s flat while she was out and then called her hundreds of times from prison while he was banned from contacting her.

Sam Marshall (26), who caused £5,000 of damage to a flat on Town Lane, Rotherham, last July, was jailed for 14 months at Sheffield Crown Court last Wednesday.

But he will be released because he has been on remand since the vandalism attack and has served his term.

Marshall was banned from getting in touch with his girlfriend in January last year when he was jailed for 16 weeks for assaulting her, Mr James Baird, prosecuting, said.

He was not allowed to see her or speak to her for three years.

The woman moved to Town Lane, Rotherham, in March, while he was still in prison.

In June, after Marshall had been released, he saw her in Rotherham town centre and greeted her, Mr Baird said.

They had spoken again several times over the next few weeks and he even visited her flat.

But in July, a friend contacted the woman to say her boyfriend was in her flat damaging her property.

Marshall had told the friend: “Watch this, I’m going to smash the flat up,” Mr Baird said.

The woman had come back to the flat to find her boyfriend with a knife causing damage to her belongings, he said, adding: “She saw him ripping up photographs of the complainant’s child and mother and he made threats about what he would do if it turned out the baby was not his.”

The police received two 999 calls just after midnight on July 2 and officers arrived and found the window had been broken from the inside, picture frames had been broken and there was damage in every room, the court heard.

Mr Baird, who said the cost of repairing the damage came to £5,000, added: “In the living room, the TV was smashed, the Xbox damaged and the sofa was cut with a knife.”

Marshall was arrested and, when questioned, said he had never been to Town Lane.

He was remanded into custody in July.

But when he was in prison he called the victim more than 600 times — despite still being banned from contacting her.

She told police that she had been speaking to Marshall on the phone but she was frightened and intimidated by him and had feared further problems when he was released from prison.

Marshall, of HMP Doncaster, admitted criminal damage, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and two offences of breaching a restraining order at earlier hearings.

He had been caught in possession of cocaine and heroin when he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend last January, Mr Baird said.

Mitigating, Mr Dermot Hughes said: “I ask your honour to pass a sentence that would afford either his immediate release or afford him the prospect of his release in the not too distant future.”

Jailing Marshall for 14 months, Judge Michael Slater described Marshall wrecking his girlfriend’s flat while she was out as a “cruel and heartless act”.


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