Leeds thug jailed over Halloween street attack

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A Thug was wearing a Halloween costume as he threatened a man with a handgun before breaking his jaw in a street attack.

Marcus Marrocco knocked the victim to the ground with a karate kick and punched him repeatedly to the face.

Leeds Crown Court heard Marrocco had been to a Halloween party and had his face covered by a ski mask when he carried out the attack in Harehills, Leeds, in the early hours of November 1 last year.

Marrocco could be seen walking along the road shouting and kicking out at passing cars. He then targeted the victim and his girlfriend. Marrocco, who was heavily drunk and had been taking drugs, shouted abuse at the couple and told the victim he was going to get shot.

He took out an air pistol but told the victim it was a real gun. The men then struggled and the pistol was discharged.

The victim was knocked to the floor and Marrocco then got on top of him and punched him repeatedly. Police were called and had to drag Marrocco off the victim. Marrocco, of Ramshead Hill, Seacroft, was released on bail after the incident but was involved in a savage gang attack on another man in his own home three weeks later.

On that occasion he forced his way into a property in Gledhow and helped the two other men attack the victim as he was naked in the bathroom. The victim’s pregnant girlfriend was in the property at the time.

Marrocco, 20, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of an imitation firearm. He was given a four-year sentence. Michael Miller, mitigating, said Marrocco had been working in London as a model.

At the time of the offences he had returned to Leeds as he had problems with his partner and had been drinking heavily and abusing drugs.

Saphieh Ashtiany, the equality and employment lawyer

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