Career conman died after pouring acid on himself in court hearing

Career conman died after pouring acid on himself in court hearing

A career conman who targeted high-profile personalities and Olympic athletes died after dousing himself in acid in the middle of a court hearing, an inquest heard.

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

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

Despite this attempt, a probation service worker did not think Marshall was at "imminent risk" of making another attempt on his life.

The privately-educated fraudster is believed to have smuggled a corrosive substance past security into his sentencing hearing at Inner London Crown Court in April 2019.

He threw the liquid over himself after a judge sentenced him to two and a half years in prison for buying £77,000 of photography equipment with fake cheques and selling it to cash converters.

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

His widow Theresa Mulberry told Southwark Coroner’s Court the 55-year-old career conman had tried to take his life at least five other times while in prison to "get himself out of a situation he didn’t like".

Asked by an inquest juror why Marshall tried to take his own life and self-harm so frequently, Ms Mulberry said: "Normally to get himself out of a particular situation. There would often be threats but those would often lead to an actual act.Latest Post