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Stronger Sentence Sought For Teaching Assistant Assailant

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GMB Calls On Crown Prosecution Service To Secure Stronger Sentence For Assailant Guilty Of Knocking Unconscious Teaching Assistant

Victim was astonished and alarmed by the leniency of the sentence Mr Feneck was given in view of the seriousness of the attack, says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, is calling on the Crown Prosecution Service to review the sentence of an assailant, Marius Feneck, who was found guilty at Inner London Crown Court on 15th January for a ferocious assault on a GMB teaching assistant. Mr Feneck has been given a 12-month suspended sentence. See notes to Editors for a copy of the letter from GMB solicitors to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Lesley-Anne Noel, a teaching assistant at Glenbrook Primary School in Clapham, was attacked by Mr Feneck the father of a student she had disciplined on 6th October 2015 and was knocked unconscious. Mr Feneck lay in waiting outside the school for Ms Noel and followed her to her car where he attacked her.

Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director, said “As a consequence of the attack Ms Noel has sustained a number of injuries.  In addition to the head injury she had facial injuries including haemorrhage and soft tissue injury to her left eye which made it difficult for her to see.

Of greater concern however is her psychological injury.  She has been left extremely traumatised by the attack suffering nightmares and panic attacks.

She is receiving on-going treatment for her physical and psychological injuries and it is unknown when she will be able to return to work.

In view of the seriousness of the attack and the effects on her she was not surprisingly astonished and alarmed by the leniency of the sentence Mr Feneck was given.  Mr Feneck came to the Inner London Crown Court and was sentenced on the 15th January.  His sentence was a suspended sentence and he was released.

Ms Noel is now in a state of constant anxiety that she will encounter him around her home.  It has made her nervous about leaving her house on her own.

We want the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure there is a review of the sentence to reflect the seriousness of the crime.”

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Contact: Karen Leonard on 07597 267831 or Maria Ludkin 07956 632657 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 07970 863411

Notes to Editors

  1. Letter from Pattinson Brewer to the Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Sirs

Re: Lesley-Anne Noel  
 
We are acting on behalf of Ms Lesley-Anne Noel who was viciously attacked by Marius Feneck on the 6th October 2015.
 
Ms Noel is a teaching assistant at Glenbrook Primary School and on leaving the school that day was assaulted with considerable ferocity by Mr Feneck.  She was knocked unconscious.
 
As a consequence of the attack Ms Noel has sustained a number of injuries.  In addition to the head injury she had facial injuries including haemorrhage and soft tissue injury to her left eye which made it difficult for her to see.
 
She is left with inability to concentrate.
 
She also sustained a serious injury to her right shoulder and across her clavicle.  She has very limited movement and is in constant pain.  She has to wear a sling.
 
Of greater concern however is her psychological injury.  She has been left extremely traumatised by the attack suffering nightmares and panic attacks.
 
She is receiving on-going treatment for her physical and psychological injuries and it is unknown when she will be able to return to work.
 
We enclose a statement from Ms Noel in which she has set out the circumstances of the attack.
 
In view of the seriousness of the attack and the effects on her she was not surprisingly astonished and alarmed by the leniency of the sentence Mr Feneck was given.  He came to the Inner London Crown Court and was sentenced on the 15th January.  His sentence was a suspended sentence and he was released.
 
Ms Noel is now in a state of constant anxiety that she will encounter him around her home.  It has made her nervous about leaving her house on her own.
 
You will we are sure are aware that the case has attracted widespread publicity and uniform disapproval of the leniency of the sentence.
 
We enclose copies of some of the many press reports.
 
We are instructed to apply for a review of the sentence and would be grateful if you would please refer the matter to the Attorney General accordingly.
 
In support of this, we enclose a letter from our Client's MP, Chuka Umunna and we are aware that Sadiq Khan MP, the Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London has also written to your office expressing support a review.
 
We have copied this letter to the Attorney General and now await hearing from you further.
 
Yours faithfully
 
Pattinson and Brewer

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