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attackRB'Simon Whiteley's injuries.

attackRB'Simon Whiteley's injuries.

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AN ASSAULT victim left with horrific facial injuries when he was beaten up in his own home says his attacker’s sentence ‘beggars belief’ - after the thug walked free from court with just a suspended sentence.

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

Marriott punched and hit Simon around the face as he struggled to defend himself, inflicting two black eyes, cuts and bruises.

But despite being convicted of assault, the violent yob was spared jail and instead was handed 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 but had fallen out shortly before the violent assault.

“He came to the house and I let him in, like I did when we were friends,” said Simon.

“I was sat in the living room, and he was stood near my TV. 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.”

Simon said he felt terrified throughout his ordeal.

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

Simon, father to a 13-year-old son called Harry, said he was horrified by his own appearance after the assault.

“The worst bruising was around my eyes, and it hurt a lot,” said Simon, who was taken to accident and emergency at the Northern General Hospital.

“I had to have a CAT scan at hospital but nothing was broken. There was also bruising on my chin and arm, from when he pushed me when I was on the settee.”

Simon said he is now 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,” he said.

“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, was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He will also be subject to a residence requirement for 12 months.

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