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Woman, 21, ‘went blind in one eye for two weeks’ after beating from ex

Thug, 23, who ‘locked girlfriend, 21, in flat for four days and beat until she went blind for two weeks’ had only just left jail for brutal attack on ex

  • Thug Jack Marney, 23, punched his partner Roseanne Sparkes, 21, in the face
  • He beat her so badly, at one point she thought ‘I’m not getting out of here alive’
  • She later learned he had just finished prison term for attacking previous partner
  • She is speaking out about the abuser from Maidstone, Kent, to encourage other women to get out of controlling relationships and not be ‘treated like objects’

A brave young woman who was locked in her boyfriend’s home for four days during which time he beat her so badly she temporarily lost the sight in one eye has learned the vile thug had previously been imprisoned for attacking a partner.

Jack Marney, 23, from Maidstone in Kent, ‘went psycho’ and attacked Roseanne Sparkes, 21, smashing her head into a wall then running at her and punching her in the face, knocking her out and splitting her eye open.

Miss Sparkes is now sharing horrifying images of her injuries as a warning to others to look out for warning signs in their partners – and to leave if they are ever violent. 

The pair were introduced by a mutual friend in December 2017 and initially the 21-year-old believed Marney to be a gentleman who abhorred violence to women – he even said he had served time in jail for attacking a paedophile.

Roseanne is sharing her story to help other women trapped in controlling or abusive relationships.  She had to give up her job due to the anxiety and depression brought on by the attack

But once they started dating he quickly changed – she said her new partner would not even allow her to shut the door when she had a bath.

Six weeks after meeting, a row escalated at his home in Maidstone. She said Marney locked the door, took her phone and car keys and kept her in his flat for four days.

On the second day, Marney launched a vicious attack: pulling her hair, pushing her and punching her in the face.

She was beaten so badly she had a cut above her eyebrow, bruises all over her body and swelling and bleeding behind her left eye, which reportedly left her blind for two weeks.

She explained: ‘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. I said I was going to leave and wouldn’t put up with it.

‘Then he went psycho.

Jack Marney was sentenced to two years, two months in prison for the attack, at Maidstone Crown Court last October

Nineteen months before this most recent conviction Jack Marney was sentenced to 16 months in prison for violent offences against another woman

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‘He started shouting. Then he locked the door and said “you aren’t going nowhere”.

She described the horror of the attack itself.

‘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 thought I wasn’t getting out of there alive.’

A year on from the attack, Miss Sparkes still fears she will be scarred for life mentally and physically. She still has a scar above her eyebrow but is thankful to have her eyesight back after initially being blinded by Marney.

She said: ‘At the time I had a gash above my eyebrow, bleeding and swelling behind the eye, a big black eye, bruising to my neck, chin, legs and hands.

‘In the two days after the attack, I was kept in the flat.

‘The door was constantly locked, he had my car keys and my phone. If my mum was to ring he’d just message her back pretending to be me.

Roseanne Sparkes, 21, pictured after the violent attack, believed Jack Marney, 23, to be a gentleman in December 2017 after the pair were introduced by a mutual friend.

He beat her so badly he left her bruised and bleeding. He had previously done time for attacking a partner. Neck bruises show where thug Marney held her by the throat

 ‘I was covered in bruises and couldn’t see anything for two weeks. I’d lost all of my vision and worried it wouldn’t come back.

‘When I went to the hospital they said there was a chance it might not come back, but it gradually did in little bits.’

She said that, in hindsight, subtle signs were there from the beginning that something wasn’t right with her relationship with Marney, but she only picked up on them after the attack.

Now she is urging other woman who feel they’re being controlled to get out as soon as they can – saying no-one deserves to be ‘treated like objects’.

She explained: ‘I met Jack through a mutual friend. I was only with him a month and a half.

‘There were small things that happened from the beginning, like I’d have to have a bath with the door open. He had a lock behind his door to keep it open.

‘But nothing else suggested he was the way he was.

‘The friend who introduced us had just come out of an abusive relationship.

‘Jack would say to her “I can’t believe he did it to you. If anyone does that, they’re not a man”. He basically said everything I wanted to hear.

‘I knew he’d just come out of prison but he told me he beat up a paedophile.

‘As it turns out he’d [been violent towards] his ex-partner.

Marney hit his partner so hard he cut her above the eye. Roseanne Sparkes still has a scar

Roseanne was covered in bruises and defensive wounds following the prolonged attack and imprisonment in Marney’s flat

‘I would tell any women whose partners are showing controlling behaviour to run – get out of the relationship as soon as they can.

‘No one deserves to be mentally or physically abused. We’re worth more than being treated like objects.’

After four days of being trapped in Marney’s flat, his sister visited with her partner and they helped Miss Sparkes escape.

Marney had reportedly warned her to stay in the kitchen away from his family to hide her injuries, but when his sister saw her bruises, she forced him to let her go.

She said said: ‘On the fourth day, his sister and brother-in-law came round the flat and he was having a go at me in the kitchen and 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.

‘I got in touch with his probation officer and I went to her.

Clare’s Law: how you can ask police if your partner is an abuser 

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after the landmark case that led to it.

Clare’s Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them.

A member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.

To apply you must go to a police station in person, and discuss your concerns and situation with a police officer or staff member.

Police and partner agencies will then carry out a range of checks.

If these reveal a record of abusive offences, or suggest a risk of violence or abuse, they will consider sharing this information.

The disclosure will usually be made in person, to the person at risk, at a time and place agreed in advance to be safe. 


‘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.

‘But I’ve got my new partner Louis now and he’s completely different.

‘After all that, I’ve finally found some happiness.’

After attacking Miss Sparkes, Marney pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment at Maidstone Crown Court in 15 October 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.

The national 24-hour Domestic Violence freephone helpline number is 0808 2000 247. The service is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. 

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