Note: The conviction does NOT relate to sexual offences

April 2007

Man escapes prison for the “systematic physical abuse” of two schoolchildren

A MAN from West Cumbria has been given a suspended prison sentence for what a judge described as the “systematic physical abuse” of two schoolchildren.

Paul Damien Marshall, 27,  of Barfs Road, Distington was given a two-month sentence, suspended for a year and banned from working with children for ten years.

He was also ordered to do 250 hours unpaid community work, and put under an electronic tag to make sure he doesn’t leave his house between 8pm and 8am for the next three months.

Marshall, a former double glazing salesman, of Barfs Road, Distington, was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court last month of two charges of child cruelty.

He was cleared of a third.

His barrister Andrew Carney told the court yesterday that Marshall, who had no previous convictions, still denied doing anything wrong.

Sentencing Marshall, Judge Barbara Forrester told him she had been considering sending him straight to prison.

“It is really only the fact that you have not been in trouble before that has led me to the conclusion that I can suspend the prison sentence,” she said.