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Rough sleeper threatened to bite woman's nose off before verbally abusing 60-year-old

The rough sleeper punches the woman's car as she gets back inside. Photo: Submitted

The rough sleeper punches the woman's car as she gets back inside. Photo: Submitted

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A rough sleeper who verbally abused a 60-year-old woman in a Norwich garage complex threatened to bite another person’s nose off months earlier, a court heard.

The moment rough sleeper Daniel Marsden goes over to look at the woman's bike. Photo: SubmittedThe moment rough sleeper Daniel Marsden goes over to look at the woman's bike. Photo: Submitted

Daniel Marsden was arrested on Wednesday after CCTV footage showed him confronting a lone woman outside an underground garage at St Michael-at-Pleas in Tombland.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard how the 28-year-old repeatedly swore at the woman after she reversed out in her Mazda MX-5.

The former heroin addict then punched the vehicle so hard she was unable to open its fuel cap.

Prosecutor Anna Crayford said: “The incident left her [the victim] very scared. She is now worried about using the garage and who is going to be down there.”

The rough sleeper gesticulates to the woman as she drives off. Photo: SubmittedThe rough sleeper gesticulates to the woman as she drives off. Photo: Submitted

The court heard how Marsden, who has 16 convictions for 36 offences, was on bail at the time following an incident on August 12.

On that date Marsden threatened a different woman while she was staying in a tent with him and his girlfriend.

Mrs Crayford said: “There was an issue about a £10 note and the defendant accused her [the victim] of taking it.”

She said Marsden demanded for the woman to return the money before saying: “I will bite your nose off your face.”

The rough sleeper throws another punch at the side of the victim's car. Photo: SubmittedThe rough sleeper throws another punch at the side of the victim's car. Photo: Submitted

He was subsequently arrested and released on bail.

Marsden, who gave his address in court as Marlpit Lane, Norwich, admitted criminal damage and threatening behaviour on December 20.

In a police interview he said he swore at the victim as he became “angry” after she made a comment about him being homeless.

Marsden also admitted the incident on August 12 and to stealing £40 worth of cleaning products on August 3 from a Co-op in Ipswich.

Kieran Dunphy, mitigating, said Marsden was street homeless and had given his mother’s address in court.

He said his client had a gap of nearly a year where he was not offending due to him having a job.

“When he has a roof over his head and when he is not on drugs, he can live a normal life,” Mr Dunphy said.

Magistrates released Marsden on conditional bail until February 1 for sentencing. He must stay at his mother’s address and report to Bethel Street police station three times a week.

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