Thug is jailed after attacking pensioner

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A TEENAGER who became aggressive after a row with his girlfriend has been jailed for lashing out and assaulting a 72 year-old motorist in an unprovoked attack.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, April 22, how Adam Marsden, 19, of Chatsworth Close, Alfreton, had drunk four pints of beer and after a row with his girlfriend he punched elderly driver John Bingham’s van and then attacked the motorist.

Angela Hadfield, prosecuting, said: “Marsden lashed out at the injured party hitting him to the side of his face and he continued trying to hit him before he was held back by a female. A passing police vehicle was flagged down and the offender walked back and asked to be arrested.”

Mr Bingham, who has recently recovered from cancer and has had two strokes, had been driving a van out of the Tesco car park at Alfreton when the assault happened near the junction of King Street on March 30.

Defence solicitor Matt Evans said: “Mr Marsden had drunk four pints while going to the football and he met his girlfriend and they had an argument and he lashed out at the van and struck the male.”

Mr Evans told how Marsden’s mother passed away in January and he had increased his drinking. He also argued the assault was not premeditated and Marsden did not realise Mr Bingham was a vulnerable man.

Marsden, who has previous convictions for obstructing a police officer and for damage, pleaded guilty to assault and was jailed for nine weeks.