Worker woke to find word ‘nonce’ tattooed on forehead as two arrested for GBH

Edward Murray was forced to get a cover-up tattoo after the alleged assault (Image: South beds news agency)

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a worker woke to find the word “nonce” tattooed on his head.

Labourer Edward Murray, 34, says his body was daubed with several crude homemade tattoos while he dozed after a heavy drinking session.

And he says the attack has left him “shocked and sickened”.

Police say the damage is so severe he will need surgery to remove it.

Edward said he drank several beers after visiting a house in Nassington, Northants, and then passed out. 

He recalls becoming aware of a buzzing close by and the sensation that something was digging into his skin, but felt no pain.

Edward’s head – we have pixelated offensive sketch

When he came round some four or five hours later, he was covered in ink.

He went upstairs to the bathroom and saw the obscenities tattooed on him in the mirror.

Edward said: “I couldn’t understand why I had all this ink on me, on my hands, everywhere.

"That’s when I looked in the mirror in the bathroom and I could see my head.”

His arm was also tattooed
(Image: South beds news agency)

A set of male genitals has been tattooed across his scalp, as well as the word “nonce” in large capital letters.

He said: “I can’t read or write and I didn’t know what the word said.

"But when I came back downstairs, everyone broke out laughing and giggling and calling me ‘nonce’.

“They thought it was a big joke and they said they thought I had been asking for a tattoo.”

He was the victim of a horror 'prank' – which has led to arrests
(Image: South beds news agency)

Edward said he thinks he may have asked for the name of his girlfriend Joanne to be tattooed on him, but had no idea what they were writing.

He said he eventually managed to get out of the property and get a taxi back to his home in Peterborough, where he contacted police.

Since the alleged attack Edward has managed to cover up the tattoo on his head with a fresh one of a skull and crossbones.

Some of the inkings were so offensive we have had to pixelate them in our images.

Northamptonshire Police said they are “investigating an incident on September 2, 2020, which involved a man in his 30s being tattooed against his will”.

They added: “The extent of the damage caused by these tattoos is so severe it will require extensive surgery to repair, and we are committed to bringing the offenders to justice.

“Two men aged 32 and 28 have both been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent in connection with the incident and are currently on police bail pending further enquiries.”

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