A rider for the Queen’s trainer has today been jailed for attacking a racing PR director in Newmarket.
Jonathan Nolan, a 32-year-old work rider, of Skeaping Close, Newmarket, was said to have “lost the plot” when he assaulted John Maxse.
The incident, on the evening of July 21 at the home of Nolan’s former partner Genevieve Hippisley, in Corsican Pine Close, Newmarket, left Mr Maxse requiring surgery for facial injuries.
Jailing Nolan for four years at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Rupert Overbury told him: “This was an offence carried out in a spontaneous outburst of jealous emotion by someone who is highly regarded in his community.”
Nolan had walked into the home of Ms Hippisley and launched a violent attack on Mr Maxse after telling him: “how dare you”.
Prosecuting, Richard Kelly said Mr Maxse, who had returned from an evening out at a local pub with Ms Hippisley, was at a disadvantage as he was sitting down when the 6ft 1in tall Nolan began his onslaught.
Mr Maxse, 45, a former PR director for the Jockey Club and British Horseracing Authority, covered his face in a bid to fend off repeated blows before falling to the floor where he was kicked in the head by Nolan.
As Ms Hippisley tried to restrain him, Nolan pushed Mr Maxse against the wall and continued to punch his face.
Mr Kelly told the court: “The defendant then picked up Mr Maxse and effectively threw him out of the front door.”
Outside the house, the attack continued with Mr Maxse attempting to explain his presence at the house before he again fell to the ground and was kicked by Nolan.
Police arrived shortly afterwards and, because of the amount of blood on Nolan, initially thought he had been the victim of a serious assault before realising the blood had come from the badly injured Mr Maxse.
After being arrested, Nolan told officers that Ms Hippisley, the mother of their young daughter, had “broken his heart.” He said he had “lost the plot” and felt as if he was in a dream as he carried out the assault on Mr Maxse.
The court heard that earlier the same day Ms Hippisley had sent a text message to Nolan in which she said: “I have tried not to hurt you and that is why you keep coming back but you and me are over. You can’t keep me captive any longer.”
Mr Maxse was taken to hospital with a broken nose and eye socket together with extensive abrasions and bruising. He later underwent surgery to have a plate inserted into his face.
Defending, Charles Myatt said: “This is a tragic case. It is a case that seems to have been ruled by emotions.”
Despite his normal calm, non violent manner, Nolan had flown into a “blind emotional rage”, said Mr Myatt.
Earlier the same day Nolan had spoken calmly to Ms Hippisley and had agreed to look after their daughter while she went out.
Nolan, who has no previous convictions, had pleaded guilty to an offence of assault causing grevious bodily harm with intent on Mr Maxse.
Sentencing him, Judge Rupert Overbury told Nolan: “You were determined to cause Mr Maxse harm.”
At no stage had Mr Maxse provoked the incident to attempted to retaliate, said the judge.
Nolan had bene employed at the time of the attack as a work rider for the Queen’s trainer Sir Michael Stoute at Freemason Lodge Stables in Newmarket.