Three men have admitted being involved in a late-night assault on Guardian journalist Owen Jones outside a pub in Islington, north London.
At a short plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon at Snaresbrook crown court, James Healy, 39, from Portsmouth, Liam Tracey, 34, from Camden, London; and Charlie Ambrose, 29, from Brighton, all pleaded guilty to affray.
Healy admitted a further charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He denies the attack was motivated by homophobia and will now face a trial of issue in front of a judge to decide whether that was the case.
The three men face the possibility of custodial sentences following the attack on the journalist and political activist in the summer.
Custodial sentences for affray? Likely or not? Homophobic ABH perhaps, but affray?