‘Four-year jail sentence is too harsh for my son’

This Is Wiltshire: Alan Eatwell Alan Eatwell

A MAN has spoken out in defence of his son, who has been jailed for assault and false imprisonment.

Wroughton dad Mark Eatwell, 44, who was sentenced to four years, is appealing the decision.

His father Alan, 76, claims the sentence is too harsh.

The incident occurred overnight between April 6 and 7 last year, when Eatwell’s former partner, Jayne-Anne Murray, went to his home address to spend time with his son.

Eatwell then proceeded to keep her in the house against her will for several hours and physically assaulted her.

Alan is now concerned about the future of Mark’s 16-year-old son, who was present at the time of the offence.

“The solicitor is going to appeal against the decision,” he said. “I have written a letter to the court in Mark’s defence, because what has come out of court does not reflect what happened and does not give his side of things.

“He has had letters go to the court from his doctor, and he has got a full-time job now. He was working and everything was going in the right direction to get him back on his feet. He had been staying here with his boy for some time before he moved into his place.

“This is completely hanging him out to dry over a domestic disturbance. His son is at a critical age now. He is 16 years old, just about to finish all his exams and leaving school. He wants to go to college, but they have stopped his life in its tracks. I have always been there for him but he needs his father, and Mark should be there.”

Alan said Mark had been on medication to calm him down, which had seen some benefits.

“I am dead against anyone hitting women because that is cowardly, but Mark is not that way inclined,” he said. “What has gone against him is unbelievable. We were expecting for him to get a suspended sentence or a fine, but now I am completely disillusioned by the sentence.

“There is no compassion to separate a father from his son at that age.”

Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer DC Sonia Marsh said the sentencing was fair, considering the severity of the offence, and praised Jayne-Anne for speaking out.

“The behaviour of Mark Eatwell on the night of the incident was vile and cowardly,” she said.

“Jayne-Anne Murray suffered a horrific and sustained attack which has had a huge effect on her life.

“The courage she has shown throughout the investigation and during the court case is admirable.

“Wiltshire Police support victims of domestic violence and we encourage victims to come forward.”

Jayne-Anne added: “I want to get across to people not to put up with domestic violence. No-one has the right to do that to you. I want all the victims of domestic violence to know that when you do come forward and report the abuse you will get the help you need. I urge people to report abuse, don’t put up with it .”

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7:31am Fri 25 Apr 14

EastleazeRed says...

Obviously more to this case than the advertiser is letting on . Do the crime do the time . No sympathy !
Obviously more to this case than the advertiser is letting on . Do the crime do the time . No sympathy ! EastleazeRed
  • Score: 29

8:33am Fri 25 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

clearly a wonderful role model then if he doesnt believe in justice, no wonder the son turned out the way he did. I bet if it was someone else doing it to him he would think differently.
clearly a wonderful role model then if he doesnt believe in justice, no wonder the son turned out the way he did. I bet if it was someone else doing it to him he would think differently. house on the hill
  • Score: 26

8:38am Fri 25 Apr 14

stfcdod says...

Read the evidence Dad.
Read the evidence Dad. stfcdod
  • Score: 22

9:35am Fri 25 Apr 14

EastleazeRed says...

Alan said " mark had been on medication to calm him down " says it all really !
Alan said " mark had been on medication to calm him down " says it all really ! EastleazeRed
  • Score: 24

9:58am Fri 25 Apr 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

With such a dad, I am not surprised that the son turn out to be such a nasty piece of work.
A deal idea: I think it would be good to split the sentence between the dad and his son, they both could do with some time inside.
With such a dad, I am not surprised that the son turn out to be such a nasty piece of work. A deal idea: I think it would be good to split the sentence between the dad and his son, they both could do with some time inside. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 13

10:07am Fri 25 Apr 14

Chrisg46 says...

4 years is about right to me. No sympathy here.
4 years is about right to me. No sympathy here. Chrisg46
  • Score: 16

10:25am Fri 25 Apr 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Can't do the time?, don't do the crime. With good behaviour he'll be out in 2 I expect. Personally I'd double the sentence. Domestic violence has no place in society and should not be tolerated by anyone.
Can't do the time?, don't do the crime. With good behaviour he'll be out in 2 I expect. Personally I'd double the sentence. Domestic violence has no place in society and should not be tolerated by anyone. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 22

11:38am Fri 25 Apr 14

Oik1 says...

The most important part of the Advertiser report for me is this section,

"“Jayne-Anne Murray suffered a horrific and sustained attack which has had a huge effect on her life."

The sentence passed is what it is, It would be good to think in this case that every day of the sentence would be served, the convicted (I refuse to call him a man, because that he certainly is not) deserves some of the same treatment while inside, lets hope he gets a real good taste.
The most important part of the Advertiser report for me is this section, "“Jayne-Anne Murray suffered a horrific and sustained attack which has had a huge effect on her life." The sentence passed is what it is, It would be good to think in this case that every day of the sentence would be served, the convicted (I refuse to call him a man, because that he certainly is not) deserves some of the same treatment while inside, lets hope he gets a real good taste. Oik1
  • Score: 15

12:06pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

Two years in prison is actually quite lenient, considering what his nasty little son did.
Two years in prison is actually quite lenient, considering what his nasty little son did. ChannelX
  • Score: 14

12:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

chippenette says...

He's lucky he only got four years , maybe he will keep his hands to himself in future ! The father speaks of this "domestic disturbance" as if its nothing , how would he feel if it happened to a female member of his family ?
He's lucky he only got four years , maybe he will keep his hands to himself in future ! The father speaks of this "domestic disturbance" as if its nothing , how would he feel if it happened to a female member of his family ? chippenette
  • Score: 20

1:27pm Fri 25 Apr 14

dukeofM4 says...

Once again censored reporting. Allow bloggers to sit in the juror's chair and debate the case with both sides of the story. Same equation every time, conviction headline, no details about the 'victim's' part in this, usually bloggers slagging off the condemned, and the CPS and Police touting 'job well done.'

If he's guilty fair enough, but all the bloggers to decide for themselves and the bloggers themselves should be smart enough not to debate the case without all the facts.

It's a bit like "Evil Allies invade the German territory of France," without adding in what happened from 1939 to 1945. That's what is going on here nothing more nothing less.
Once again censored reporting. Allow bloggers to sit in the juror's chair and debate the case with both sides of the story. Same equation every time, conviction headline, no details about the 'victim's' part in this, usually bloggers slagging off the condemned, and the CPS and Police touting 'job well done.' If he's guilty fair enough, but all the bloggers to decide for themselves and the bloggers themselves should be smart enough not to debate the case without all the facts. It's a bit like "Evil Allies invade the German territory of France," without adding in what happened from 1939 to 1945. That's what is going on here nothing more nothing less. dukeofM4
  • Score: -23

1:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Chrisg46 says...

So what are we missing Duke? Did he not imprison and beat a woman?
So what are we missing Duke? Did he not imprison and beat a woman? Chrisg46
  • Score: 17

1:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

MissO says...

Duke... really?? IF he's guilty? He IS guilty!! Its his dad saying its harsh sentance thats brought about reactions from 'bloggers'.

Prison is not always the answer but this one matches the crime and sends out a clear message that domestic violence should be punshed ... its encouraging to other victims to speak up and leave terrible situations.

I feel for his son though - he is another innocent in all this.

Yes he got his act together but only when he'd done something so vile.
Duke... really?? IF he's guilty? He IS guilty!! Its his dad saying its harsh sentance thats brought about reactions from 'bloggers'. Prison is not always the answer but this one matches the crime and sends out a clear message that domestic violence should be punshed ... its encouraging to other victims to speak up and leave terrible situations. I feel for his son though - he is another innocent in all this. Yes he got his act together but only when he'd done something so vile. MissO
  • Score: 7

1:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

dukeofM4 says...

You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts.

All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two.

It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about.
You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts. All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two. It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about. dukeofM4
  • Score: -16

2:10pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Chrisg46 says...

We have not read the court documents, but the Jury will have, which is why we have such a process - We trust that the evidence presented to them allows justice to be served. There is therefore no need for a "debate", that is what the trial was for.
I fail to see how it takes two to tango, or what difference it makes that she went to see his son.
The guilty party imprisoned her against her will and physically abused her. There is no justification for that that i can think of - i would be interested to know if you can?
We have not read the court documents, but the Jury will have, which is why we have such a process - We trust that the evidence presented to them allows justice to be served. There is therefore no need for a "debate", that is what the trial was for. I fail to see how it takes two to tango, or what difference it makes that she went to see his son. The guilty party imprisoned her against her will and physically abused her. There is no justification for that that i can think of - i would be interested to know if you can? Chrisg46
  • Score: 12

2:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts.

All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two.

It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about.
This neanderthal has been judged and sentenced in a Court of Law.
There can be NO reasons to kidnap and assault a woman, what sort of animal are you? maybe in your culture and family it is OK to beat a woman, but in this country, we do not tolerate it! defending the indefensible.......y
ou must be a priest or a solicitor.
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts. All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two. It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about.[/p][/quote]This neanderthal has been judged and sentenced in a Court of Law. There can be NO reasons to kidnap and assault a woman, what sort of animal are you? maybe in your culture and family it is OK to beat a woman, but in this country, we do not tolerate it! defending the indefensible.......y ou must be a priest or a solicitor. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 9

4:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

MissO wrote:
Duke... really?? IF he's guilty? He IS guilty!! Its his dad saying its harsh sentance thats brought about reactions from 'bloggers'.

Prison is not always the answer but this one matches the crime and sends out a clear message that domestic violence should be punshed ... its encouraging to other victims to speak up and leave terrible situations.

I feel for his son though - he is another innocent in all this.

Yes he got his act together but only when he'd done something so vile.
'Duke' has some, er, unusual ideas about domestic violence - to the point I'm often unsure whether he believes it exists at all (apart from when committed against men).
[quote][p][bold]MissO[/bold] wrote: Duke... really?? IF he's guilty? He IS guilty!! Its his dad saying its harsh sentance thats brought about reactions from 'bloggers'. Prison is not always the answer but this one matches the crime and sends out a clear message that domestic violence should be punshed ... its encouraging to other victims to speak up and leave terrible situations. I feel for his son though - he is another innocent in all this. Yes he got his act together but only when he'd done something so vile.[/p][/quote]'Duke' has some, er, unusual ideas about domestic violence - to the point I'm often unsure whether he believes it exists at all (apart from when committed against men). ChannelX
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

knittynora says...

chippenette wrote:
He's lucky he only got four years , maybe he will keep his hands to himself in future ! The father speaks of this "domestic disturbance" as if its nothing , how would he feel if it happened to a female member of his family ?
Yes exactly. A domestic disturbance is the washing machine breaking down. Imprisoning and assaulting a woman is on a rather level !
[quote][p][bold]chippenette[/bold] wrote: He's lucky he only got four years , maybe he will keep his hands to himself in future ! The father speaks of this "domestic disturbance" as if its nothing , how would he feel if it happened to a female member of his family ?[/p][/quote]Yes exactly. A domestic disturbance is the washing machine breaking down. Imprisoning and assaulting a woman is on a rather level ! knittynora
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

knittynora says...

On a higher level Sorry
On a higher level Sorry knittynora
  • Score: 1

7:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

dukeofM4 says...

Unless the Advert starts printing two columns, one for the defendant, and the other for the CPS, this blog will only be able to judge the case only on the work of a journalist.

I'm not condoning assaulting anyone, however, what I expect is balanced reporting. This is not balanced reporting. It's surprising the comments have been turned on at all considering any time there's a story concerning domestic violence, sexual abuse, or women's issues, it's usually turned off. Why's that?

If the 'victim' entered the house and was abusive towards him for example, then report it. Let the bloggers decide for themselves rather than a journalists PC version.

Look at that woman who murdered her 3 kids the other day, already the reporting in the press is she was overwhelmed by minding three disabled children. Is that justification for what she did?

We all know how the reporting would have went if her husband had been charged with murder, 'Evil beast executes his family etc etc etc.'. This women to date has not been demonised but almost being seen as a victim while her jet setting husband lives it up on golf courses worldwide and enjoying the good life.

This is not balanced reporting.
Unless the Advert starts printing two columns, one for the defendant, and the other for the CPS, this blog will only be able to judge the case only on the work of a journalist. I'm not condoning assaulting anyone, however, what I expect is balanced reporting. This is not balanced reporting. It's surprising the comments have been turned on at all considering any time there's a story concerning domestic violence, sexual abuse, or women's issues, it's usually turned off. Why's that? If the 'victim' entered the house and was abusive towards him for example, then report it. Let the bloggers decide for themselves rather than a journalists PC version. Look at that woman who murdered her 3 kids the other day, already the reporting in the press is she was overwhelmed by minding three disabled children. Is that justification for what she did? We all know how the reporting would have went if her husband had been charged with murder, 'Evil beast executes his family etc etc etc.'. This women to date has not been demonised but almost being seen as a victim while her jet setting husband lives it up on golf courses worldwide and enjoying the good life. This is not balanced reporting. dukeofM4
  • Score: -8

9:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Tyran66 says...

@44 he still needs his dad to defend him? Perhaps if he took some responsibility for his actions he would not be in this predicament in the first place.
@44 he still needs his dad to defend him? Perhaps if he took some responsibility for his actions he would not be in this predicament in the first place. Tyran66
  • Score: 5

12:17am Sat 26 Apr 14

MrAngry says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts.

All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two.

It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about.
Restorative justice is a pile of poo.
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts. All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two. It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about.[/p][/quote]Restorative justice is a pile of poo. MrAngry
  • Score: 5

9:26am Sat 26 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

MrAngry wrote:
dukeofM4 wrote:
You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts.

All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two.

It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about.
Restorative justice is a pile of poo.
Criminals - and their apologists - just LOVE it, though. Can't think why...

Probably because it works on the same basis as showing 'remorse' in court. Anyone can be an actor for a day, it's just a shame that supposedly 'learned' people are so easily taken in by it all.
[quote][p][bold]MrAngry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: You lot have not read the court documents including me. Why doesn't someone go down to the Crown Court and get a copy and have a proper debate with all the facts. All this case has achieved is possibly offered short term solutions for long term problems. Restorative Justice might have been an option to consider and resolve what is the problem between these two. It's take two to tango and why was she going over to his house to see his son? What's that all about.[/p][/quote]Restorative justice is a pile of poo.[/p][/quote]Criminals - and their apologists - just LOVE it, though. Can't think why... Probably because it works on the same basis as showing 'remorse' in court. Anyone can be an actor for a day, it's just a shame that supposedly 'learned' people are so easily taken in by it all. ChannelX
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Moth says...

Obviously Dad trailed up a thoroughly nasty, spoilt brat used to always getting his own way. One of those parents who think their offspring can do no wrong.

Sentence should have been DOUBLED and Dad should shut his mouth!
Obviously Dad trailed up a thoroughly nasty, spoilt brat used to always getting his own way. One of those parents who think their offspring can do no wrong. Sentence should have been DOUBLED and Dad should shut his mouth! Moth
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BLT2014 says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
Unless the Advert starts printing two columns, one for the defendant, and the other for the CPS, this blog will only be able to judge the case only on the work of a journalist.

I'm not condoning assaulting anyone, however, what I expect is balanced reporting. This is not balanced reporting. It's surprising the comments have been turned on at all considering any time there's a story concerning domestic violence, sexual abuse, or women's issues, it's usually turned off. Why's that?

If the 'victim' entered the house and was abusive towards him for example, then report it. Let the bloggers decide for themselves rather than a journalists PC version.

Look at that woman who murdered her 3 kids the other day, already the reporting in the press is she was overwhelmed by minding three disabled children. Is that justification for what she did?

We all know how the reporting would have went if her husband had been charged with murder, 'Evil beast executes his family etc etc etc.'. This women to date has not been demonised but almost being seen as a victim while her jet setting husband lives it up on golf courses worldwide and enjoying the good life.

This is not balanced reporting.
You are now officially boring - no need to keep repeating your views to reinforce the message.

Personally if this was my daughter he had imprisoned and assaulted I would have cut his nuts and his hands off first, and then given the little scumbag 4 years in prison.
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: Unless the Advert starts printing two columns, one for the defendant, and the other for the CPS, this blog will only be able to judge the case only on the work of a journalist. I'm not condoning assaulting anyone, however, what I expect is balanced reporting. This is not balanced reporting. It's surprising the comments have been turned on at all considering any time there's a story concerning domestic violence, sexual abuse, or women's issues, it's usually turned off. Why's that? If the 'victim' entered the house and was abusive towards him for example, then report it. Let the bloggers decide for themselves rather than a journalists PC version. Look at that woman who murdered her 3 kids the other day, already the reporting in the press is she was overwhelmed by minding three disabled children. Is that justification for what she did? We all know how the reporting would have went if her husband had been charged with murder, 'Evil beast executes his family etc etc etc.'. This women to date has not been demonised but almost being seen as a victim while her jet setting husband lives it up on golf courses worldwide and enjoying the good life. This is not balanced reporting.[/p][/quote]You are now officially boring - no need to keep repeating your views to reinforce the message. Personally if this was my daughter he had imprisoned and assaulted I would have cut his nuts and his hands off first, and then given the little scumbag 4 years in prison. BLT2014
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BLT2014 says...

Chrisg46 wrote:
4 years is about right to me. No sympathy here.
4 years is way too little - lock the little scumbag up for life so that women can walk safely on the streets
[quote][p][bold]Chrisg46[/bold] wrote: 4 years is about right to me. No sympathy here.[/p][/quote]4 years is way too little - lock the little scumbag up for life so that women can walk safely on the streets BLT2014
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BLT2014 says...

I hope he remembers his soap on a rope for the cell block showers.

He might shortly find out what it's like to be on the end of a sustained attack if he is unfortunately enough to drop his soap.

( ) Bottom at start of Jail Sentence
( ) Bottom at end of Jail Sentence

:-)
I hope he remembers his soap on a rope for the cell block showers. He might shortly find out what it's like to be on the end of a sustained attack if he is unfortunately enough to drop his soap. ( ) Bottom at start of Jail Sentence ( ) Bottom at end of Jail Sentence :-) BLT2014
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Mon 28 Apr 14

fittontastic says...

You don't need two columns if you write your report after the verdict. Then you can report what the court have decided. Then, if Dad thinks the verdict is unfair, you can write about that, too.

Dad's often think the verdict is unfair.
You don't need two columns if you write your report after the verdict. Then you can report what the court have decided. Then, if Dad thinks the verdict is unfair, you can write about that, too. Dad's often think the verdict is unfair. fittontastic
  • Score: 0

12:16am Sat 24 May 14

Lollulz says...

So he should go to jail, but let's not forget he's 16 and he is also on medication. I think he should be getting mental health treatment while he is in prison as when he comes out he will only reoffend. And it's not fare calling his dad a evil man for caring for his son. Paedophiles and rapists gets less time then this and they get mental health treatment.
So he should go to jail, but let's not forget he's 16 and he is also on medication. I think he should be getting mental health treatment while he is in prison as when he comes out he will only reoffend. And it's not fare calling his dad a evil man for caring for his son. Paedophiles and rapists gets less time then this and they get mental health treatment. Lollulz
  • Score: 0

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