Harpenden landscaper imprisoned for leaving student with “life-changing” injuries

PUBLISHED: 16:15 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:43 10 November 2017

Jamie Green

Jamie Green

Archant

A Harpenden man has been sentenced to four years in prison for leaving a 19-year-old student with “life-changing” injuries.

The Silver Cup. Picture: Danny Loo The Silver Cup. Picture: Danny Loo

Jamie Green, 26, of Grove Road in Harpenden, appeared in front of Deputy Circuit Judge Graham Arran at St Albans crown court on Friday, November 10.

He had been found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm upon agriculture student Martin Roscoe, 19, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm upon Martin’s father Anthony.

Prosecution counsel Philip Farr argued: “It’s as close to a case of manslaughter as can be,” though the judge refuted that.

On Sunday, August 28 2016 and into August 29, Mr Roscoe left the Silver Cup pub on St Albans Road with his father.

As they walked to Harpenden High Street to get a taxi, Green shouted at them from across the road.

Tony Roscoe shouted back and they carried on walking, until Green ran in front of them.

He asked for a cigarette, and began a conversation with them about farming, quizzing Martin on crop rotation.

Judge Arran said Green then became “intimidating”.

Tony Roscoe started to leave and Green then punched Martin, causing him to fall to the floor and fracturing his skull.

Green then punched Martin again while he was unconscious on the floor.

Tony ran between his son and Green, who “assumed a boxer’s position and said ‘come on’ and smiled”.

Judge Arran said: “You must have found it rather amusing.”

Green punched Tony Roscoe around his left eye, and then pointed to Martin, said he needed help, and walked a short distance away.

Police officers who came to the scene said Green raised his fists at them, leading them to believe Green was going to hit them.

Following the assault, Martin Roscoe had to be put into a medically-induced coma.

Martin has now been able to go back to university and driving, though with greater difficulty.

Green’s lawyer, Angela Kerner, said: “We wish to express our sympathy to Martin Roscoe and Tony Roscoe for what was a dreadful injury.

“Every time I have been in contact with Jamie Green he has expressed that.”

She said her client accepted he was drunk that night, and has a problem with drink, leading Judge Arran to remark: “The victims had a problem with his alcohol.”

Green, a landscaper, had been “shoved from pillar to post” and abused as a child but was now running a business and trying for a child with his girlfriend.

Ms Kerner argued the attack was not premeditated, but said Green admits he “went over the top” during the “catastrophic” attack.

Green had previously offended in 2006, and in 2015 he was cautioned by police following an altercation.

After helping end the altercation, Green was captured on camera running across the road and kicking someone.

Judge Arran said this indicated Green was in a drunken state at the time.

“You have been drunk a great deal, which is something I suggest happens a lot.”

Concerning the Roscoe assault, Judge Arran said: “You did it because you were drunk and have a tendency to react in a ridiculously violent way when you are drunk.

“Martin Roscoe has suffered long-term effects.

“He find learning more difficult than before as a result of what you did to him.

“The injuries he received were exceptionally severe, life-changing.

“One can only express hope for the future, and he appears to have tried to get his life back on track.”

Judge Arran sentenced Green to four years in prison, and said he would be released on licence after half of that.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Herts Advertiser visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Herts Advertiser staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Herts Advertiser account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

People in the St Albans district who struggle from anxiety are being given the chance to improve their confidence.

A unit of Explorer Scouts has helped St Albans homeless charity Emmaus with their Winter Annual Rucksack Project.

Yesterday, 16:24

Travellers who stopped on a Bricket Wood field have left fly-tipping, rubbish, and even faeces, according to residents.

Yesterday, 14:32

Three teenagers have been arrested after cash and tills were stolen from three Wheathampstead businesses.

CountryPhile

I had been wondering if she would be there. I had encountered what looked like the remains of her feasting along the path. The telltale circle of piled feathers that indicated a pigeon devoured, plucked breast up, the carcass taken for final pickings by its captor.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards