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Newmarket horse rider Jonathan Nolan jailed for assault

Jonathan Nolan
Image caption Jonathan Nolan left his victim "looking like the victim of a traffic accident"

A rider at a Newmarket stables where the Queen's horses are trained has been jailed for four years for assaulting a former jockey.

Jonathan Nolan, 32, of Skeaping Close, who was a work rider for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, admitted grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

John Maxse, 45, needed hospital treatment following a row at the home of Nolan's ex-girlfriend in July.

The judge at Ipswich Crown Court said it was a "vicious" unprovoked attack.

The court heard Nolan had objected to Mr Maxse's friendship with Genevieve Hippisley and the attack took place at her home in Corsican Pine Close on 21 July.

Ms Hippisley and Nolan had a three-year-old son and the attack had been carried out in a "jealous rage", the prosecution said.

'Traffic accident'

Police said that when they arrived, Nolan was so covered in Mr Maxse's blood that they thought he had himself been the victim of a serious assault.

Sentencing, Judge Rupert Overbury said: "You carried out a vicious, sustained and unprovoked attack.

"Simply by using your hands and feet you left Mr Maxse looking like the victim of a road traffic accident."

Mr Maxse is also the former public relations director at both the Jockey Club and the British Horseracing Authority and now works as a communications consultant for Qatar Racing.

The Queen's horse Carlton House was trained at Sir Michael's Freemason Lodge Stables in Newmarket, and it was one of the horses Nolan used to ride and exercise.

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