A BRAVE young woman was “locked up for days” and “beaten blind” by her thug boyfriend just weeks after he was released from prison for attacking his ex.
Roseanne Sparkes, 21, had been dating Jack Marney for just six weeks when he launched into a vicious attack at his home in Maidstone, Kent.
The pair met in December 2017 and the 23-year-old apparently told her he had recently been to prison for attacking a paedophile.
But it wasn’t until after he allegedly locked her in his flat for four days – taking her phone and car keys – that she discovered he had attacked a previous partner.
Roseanne claims that she was blind in her left eye for two weeks after the attack and her entire body was covered in bruises.
She said she was only able to escape when Marney’s sister came round to the flat and saw her injuries.
Recalling the day of the attack, Roseanne said: “Things hadn’t really gone wrong until that morning. There was a text on his phone from a girl and I’d threatened to leave.
“He started shouting. Then he locked the door and said ‘you aren’t going nowhere’.
When he eventually attacked me] He pinned me up by my throat, smashing my head on the wall by my hair, then dragging me back as I went to go out the door.
“Then when I was in the bedroom he ran at me, punching me in the eye, which knocked me out and slit my eye open.
“He kept shouting ‘I’m not going back to prison for you’.
“I remember coming round and thinking ‘I’m not getting out of here alive’.”
Days later, Marney’s sister was visiting and Roseanne says he told her to stay in the kitchen to hide her injuries.
Roseanne said: “On the fourth day, his sister and brother-in-law came round the flat and he was telling me not to go into the front room.
“She told Jack he needed to let me go and her husband held him down so I could run.
“It wasn’t until I got out the hospital that his ex got in contact with me to say don’t go back.
“I went to meet her and I saw all the pictures and reports of what he’d done.
“He’d spent nine months in prison and he’d been out only a [matter of months] when he did that to me.
“I had to give up my job because I suffer with bad anxiety and depression as a result of the attack.
“I think trusting people now is difficult. I can’t sleep because of nightmares and it’s a lot of pressure mentally.”
A year on from the attack, Roseanne is still physically and mentally scarred but has gone onto find happiness with a new partner, Louis
Marney pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment at Maidstone Crown Court on October 15, 2018.
He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and given a restraining order preventing him from contacting Roseanne.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that in March 2017, Marney was sentenced to a total of 16 months for various offences of violence against a woman.