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Hostel resident jailed for injuring housemate who 'he didn't like'
1:55pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
A RESIDENT at a hostel for the homeless has been left with permanent scarring after a scalding hot cup of coffee was hurled over him.
Marcus Connell answered a knock on the door of his room to be confronted by fellow resident Darren Goldring, who disliked him.
No sooner had he stepped back and sat on his bed when Goldring threw the contents of the cup he had been holding at him.
Prosecutor Anthony Bailey said Goldring ran off, leaving the victim in horrendous pain, which he tried to alleviate by pouring cold water over himself. He then rushed down stairs to reception at the hostel in Millbrook Road, Sothampton, and the police and an ambulance were called.
He suffered severe burns to his lower arms and upper body and was in hospital for two weeks.
“It was a totally unprovoked attack,” said Mr Bailey. “It cost him the opportunity of employment which had been offered to him.
“He has been left with scarring to his hands, the right bicep and his forehead and has to put cream on at least once a day.”
Police found Goldring lying on his bed.
During questioning he denied any involvement in the incident and claimed he had not left his room, saying he last time he had seen Mr Connell was the day before.
Goldring, 36, of Millbrook Road, Southampton, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm when he appeared before the city’s crown |court.
Jailing him for three years Judge Gary Burrell QC – who read probation and psychiartric reports – told Goldring: “It was a dreadful thing to do and totally unprovoked.
“He must have been in pain for quite some time.
“You did it because you didn’t like him.”
In mitigation Susan Ridge said Goldring suffered from a borderline personality disorder, which deteriorated from time to time, and alcohol and drugs misuse.