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Violent sons turned in by mother


Carol Saldinack explains why she reported her sons

A mother has said she has no regrets about reporting her sons to the police after learning they had brutally attacked a man on a night out.

Carol Saldinack, 51, of Norfolk, said she was so ashamed of their behaviour she could barely look them in the eye.

But if she kept quiet, she would be as guilty as they were, she told the BBC.

Luke Newman, 27, and Oliver Clark, 24, were jailed for two years for their part in the attack on Marc Parkinson, which left him blind in one eye.

'Piece of meat'

Police praised their mother for her bravery in coming forward, but Mrs Saldinack said she had paid a heavy price for reporting them to police and still felt guilty.

For legal reasons, she is unable to talk to her sons, and on one occasion when she did, Luke Newman threatened her.

"He said: 'Mother, if you say anything else to the police, it won't necessarily be me, but you might not wake up in your bed one morning'."

In an emotional interview, she went on to say it had been a difficult decision but was the "right and decent" thing to do.

"They did what they did to this gentleman and ran away and left him there in a pool of blood... as if he's a piece of meat."

"I just can't look at them. I keep thinking, 'What on earth possessed them? Was it drink, was it temper, their own strength?' I just don't know. I just can't believe they have done this to somebody."

Asking forgiveness

But she said it was only right that the police should be informed.

If one of her sons had been attacked, she said, "I would want to know why or who did this and for what reason and to be punished for what they have done."

"We can all turn a blind eye to situations in our lives and that's what's wrong with everybody now. We are teaching our children that it's OK to do this and it's wrong."

Asked what she would say to her sons if she could talk to them, she said: "I would like them to forgive me - but then why should I ask for their forgiveness?

"I did not put them in the prison cell. They did that themselves with the consequences of their actions that evening."

'Very brave'

The brothers launched the attack on the father-of-two outside a takeaway shop after a night drinking in Chichester, West Sussex, last June.

Mr Parkinson, 36, suffered a detached retina, a perforated eardrum and bruised ribs.

A third man, Benjamin Hammond, 25, was also jailed at Chichester Crown Court for two years for his part in the attack.

Det Con Kim Clinch of Chichester CID said of Mrs Saldinack: "It's very brave of her to give us the details."

Det Insp Jim McKnight said Mrs Saldinack's phone call had obviously helped in the investigation and there had been strong evidence, including forensics, which led to the convictions.

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