What fun

James Healy, 40, was one of a group of men who admitted carrying out a “frenzied attack” on the Guardian journalist outside a north London pub in August last year.

Prosecutors claimed the attack was motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation and political views.

But Healy insisted he did recognise Mr Jones and had clashed with him simply because he had bumped into him, spilling his drink and had failed to apologise.

It’s so difficult to know who to believe, eh? Although his mates:

Ambrose and Tracey previously both denied a charge of ABH and the charge was left to lie on file, with prosecutors accepting their actions were not motivated by homophobia.

14 thoughts on “What fun”

  1. Despite appearances, Jones must be absolute nails because this frenzied attack by a group of blokes barely left a mark on him.

  2. Does it, or should it, make a difference if the assault (“frenzied attack” resulting in a couple of bruises) was motivated by homophobia, political views or a spilt pint?
    I hope the judge has some sense and gives a severe sentence on the grounds that something as trivial as spilt beer is an aggravating factor precisely because it is so trivial.

  3. I suspect the pub in question was a pub where mostly lager is served, not cask ale. During my decades in the UK, I have never seen any aggression in a cask ale pub. I never go to any other pubs.

    Cask ale + no music = harmony in a pub

  4. “During legal argument, the court heard police found a black flag bearing the letters CYF (Chelsea Youth Firm), a hooligan group, when they searched Healy’s Portsmouth home.”

    Is a full house search de rigeur for a common street assault? No wonder the police claim they lack resources!

  5. ” Is a full house search de rigeur for a common street assault?”

    I imagine it is when the ‘victim’ is a member of the Nomenklatura.

  6. It is still necessary for the police to obtain a search warrant from a magistrate prior to a search in the UK, isn’t? One wonders what possible grounds the magistrate accepted to issue one? Or how a piece of fabric with some letters on could be accepted by a court as evidence in the case.
    This: https://www.google.es/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.picclickimg.com%2Fd%2Fl400%2Fpict%2F163710257968_%2FChelsea-Youth-Firm-Headhunters-3-X-5Ft.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fpicclick.co.uk%2FChelsea-Headhunters-Football-Factory-Union-Jack-3-163756903260.html&docid=qdhZo2VNEwWHMM&tbnid=YJVBW1s_h9z8LM%3A&vet=10ahUKEwiZ0LLbrYrnAhUIyIUKHZhtD1IQMwhcKAswCw..i&w=400&h=300&itg=1&hl=en&bih=645&biw=1366&q=chelsea%20youth%20firm&ved=0ahUKEwiZ0LLbrYrnAhUIyIUKHZhtD1IQMwhcKAswCw&iact=mrc&uact=8 you might be interested to learn, is the flag of the Chelsea Youth Firm. It is not black.

  7. Bloke in Germany in New Jersey

    Why the hell would being accused of assault (without a weapon) occasion a search of your house?

  8. That’s a good point, Mr in Spain – I think this would indeed have been a case where the search would’ve had to have been judicially sanctioned* and based on evidence put before the judge.

    * in extreme/urgent cases, the rozzers just break in.

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    Isn’t a black flag the flag of a murderous sect of the Religion of Peace? Strange that these guys would be carrying one.

  10. “During legal argument, the court heard police found a black flag bearing the letters CYF (Chelsea Youth Firm), a hooligan group, when they searched Healy’s Portsmouth home.”

    And his brief couldn’t come up with an alternative for CYF? Christian Youth Fellowship? Cotswold Young Farmers?

  11. Shouldn’t someone trawl through the little shit’s columns to find examples of his extolling violence? Just for context.

  12. Was the CYF Flag in Gents? “Check Your Fly”

    @philip

    Does it, or should it, make a difference if the assault (“frenzied attack” resulting in a couple of bruises) was motivated by homophobia, political views or a spilt pint?

    It shouldn’t. I also don’t believe assaulting a plod is a more serious crime

    @dearieme

    +1 and tweets

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