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Career conman died after pouring acid on himself in court hearing

A profession conman who focused high-profile personalities and Olympic athletes died after dousing himself in acid in the course of a court docket listening to, an inquest heard.

 

Mark Marshall, born Mark Castley, scammed footballer Adam Johnson, the ex-wife of businessman Scot Younger and numerous Olympic athletes.

 

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When he was first arrested for that fraud in 2016, Marshall stabbed himself within the neck in police custody and suffered a stroke, the inquest heard.

 

Regardless of this try, a probation service employee didn’t suppose Marshall was at “imminent threat” of constructing one other try on his life.

 

The privately-educated fraudster is believed to have smuggled a corrosive substance previous safety into his sentencing listening to at Interior London Crown Courtroom in April 2019.

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He threw the liquid over himself after a choose sentenced him to 2 and a half years in jail for getting £77,000 of pictures gear with pretend cheques and promoting it to money converters.

 

He died in hospital two months after the incident from his accidents.

 

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Career conman died after pouring acid on himself in court hearing

 

His widow Theresa Mulberry informed Southwark Coroner’s Courtroom the 55-year-old profession conman had tried to take his life no less than 5 different occasions whereas in jail to “get himself out of a scenario he didn’t like”.

 

Requested by an inquest juror why Marshall tried to take his personal life and self-harm so continuously, Ms Mulberry mentioned: “Usually to get himself out of a selected scenario. There would usually be threats however these would usually result in an precise act.

 

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“He would wish to be out of that jail and into an open jail which might be simpler for him.

 

“He would attempt to get himself in a medical wing or certainly out of that jail altogether and in an open jail.”

 

Marshall’s earlier convictions embrace posing as an ex-MI6 spy to dupe Adam Johnson’s household out of £170,000 in 2016.

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He went below the title Mark Hill-Wooden and informed the previous footballer’s household he had spent 25 years working for intelligence companies GCHQ and MI6, and will unearth proof to assist get the paedophile off the hook.

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In 2014, he conned the ex-wife of bankrupt enterprise tycoon Scot Younger out of £14,000 after persuading her to rent his agency Fullproof Intelligence to assist discover the late Mr Younger’s fortune.

 

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In April 2014 utilizing the title Phillip Buffett, he defrauded Harrods out of a £216,000 Hublot watch and a second watch, digicam and designer garments value £28,000.

 

In 2011, utilizing the title Mark Cas, the fraudster was sentenced to a few years for conning a number of elite UK athletes with gives of profitable sponsorships forward of the 2012 London Olympics.

 

Ms Mulberry informed the court docket Mr Marshall was adopted by a member of the family in Leeds and had a “superb upbringing and glorious personal schooling”.

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She mentioned: “He was extraordinarily clever, very sporty and was from a reasonably well-to-do household.

 

“He was working his personal enterprise from a really younger age as a tennis coach at a really excessive stage and was mixing with high-profile sportspeople.”

 

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She informed the inquest he was handed his first suspended jail sentence in 1998 after which was “out and in of jail” for the remainder of his life.

 

She mentioned: “Typically the crimes he was committing concerned individuals who chances are you’ll know from the media. Due to this he modified his title loads – clearly attempting to evade folks. And that was Mark’s life.

 

“His life was a cycle, it was at all times repeating. If he was in jail there was a suicide try or self-harm and he was moved to a different. He was by no means nasty or violent, however he was at all times motivated by monetary acquire.”

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Senior coroner Andrew Harris informed the jury a autopsy dominated Marshall died from accidents attributable to acid ingestion.

 

The inquest continues.

 

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