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Mother's emotional meeting with victim

PUBLISHED: 10:24 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 July 2010

A MOTHER who was disowned by her two sons after she shopped them to the police for a vicious assault met the man they attacked yesterday.

Carol Saldinack, 51, said she had become an outcast from her family after sending her sons Luke Newman, 27, and Oliver Clark, 24, to jail for the vicious assault.

A MOTHER who was disowned by her two sons after she shopped them to the police for a vicious assault met the man they attacked yesterday.

Carol Saldinack, 51, said she had become an outcast from her family after sending her sons Luke Newman, 27, and Oliver Clark, 24, to jail for the vicious assault.

The pair, along with a third man, 25-year-old Benjamin Hammond, were jailed for two years at Chichester Crown Court last month for grievous bodily harm.

The attack on father-of-two Marc Parkinson, 36, outside a takeaway after a night drinking in Chichester, West Sussex, left him with extensive injuries.

When company director Mr Parkinson met Mrs Saldinack he praised her courage for turning in her sons to the police.

Sitting beside her, he told GMTV: “I wanted to meet her because I have been watching her on the TV sat by herself for the last few days and I think she's a very brave and courageous lady. I wanted to give her a hug.”

Mr Parkinson said he would have done exactly the same thing if any one of his sons had attacked some-one. He has even invited Mrs Saldinack, who now lives at Yarmouth, on holiday with his family.

He said: “I know that drink plays a big part and drink turns men into monsters. I think that's what happened that night.

“For a couple of minutes of uncontrollable anger, it has created all this for themselves.”

Mrs Saldinack said her wish was to be reunited with her family and grandchildren. She said: “What mother wouldn't?”

Mr Parkinson was left with a detached retina, extensive cuts and bruising, a perforated eardrum and bruised ribs. He is now blind in one eye, his business has folded and he has been forced to sell his home to pay off debts.

His wife Debbie said: “The court case was closure to a point and obviously meeting Carol has been emotional but of course he now has the decision about his eye. Does he have it removed?

“The main thing here, thanks to Carol, he can now have closure.”

Mother-of-six Mrs Saldinack said she was trembling with nerves as she picked up the telephone to call police after hearing her sons brag about beating an innocent man. But she insisted she had no regrets and has urged others to do the same.

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