A FOOTBALL brigand who attacked columnist Owen Jones due to his female and political attitude has been jailed.
James Healy, 40, standard assaulting Mr Jones alfresco a pub in August aftermost 12 months but accredited to affirmation he “had the hump” because the sufferer had ran into him and agitated his drink.
Mr Jones suffered cuts and abscess to his returned, arch and bruises all bottomward his anatomy afterwards actuality karate-kicked to the arena on his altogether night out in Islington, North London.
But the Chelsea FC fan – who has a cord of aesthetics for football-related abandon – denied fact stimulated through Mr Jones girl or political campaigning, claiming he failed to apperceive who he turned into.
A adjudicator ahead aphorism that his improve on Mr Jones was inspired by way of homophobia and his a long way-right views.
Healy, of Portsmouth, has now been bedevilled at Snaresbrook Crown Cloister to two years and eight months in bastille for affray and strengthen occasioning absolute absolute harm.
Following a two-day audition to actuate Healy’s purpose, Recorder Adjudicator Anne Studd QC disqualified that the assumed develop should by myself be prompted by Mr Jones’s media contour as a left-wing polemicist.
She stated Healy had “plenty of befalling to remonstrate” with Mr Jones in the pub if he had by chance agitated his drink, and fabricated no advance to accomplish that.
Instead he accompanied him alfresco and kicked him to the attic from behind.
“Mr Jones can be obvious (on CCTV) to depart the boundaries accompanied through Mr Healy and his co-defendants who may be obvious appealing past – he does not get entry to him to animadvert with him approximately the agitated beer.
“This turned into a advised and centered advance on Mr Jones individually.”
She continued: “I don’t acquisition that this was encouraged by means of a alcohol spillage – this became a brutal, abruptness enhance with no admonishing what so ever. It turned into acutely focused.”
“I am irritated in order that I am abiding that (Healy) holds correct behavior which are generally associated with the a long way appropriate wing.”
She delivered: “I thus adduce to book Mr Healy on the bottom that this changed into a wholly assumed increase on Mr Jones with the aid of acumen of his widely seem left-wing and LGBTQ conduct with the aid of a person who has ascertainable bourgeois sympathies.”
Mr Jones informed the cloister how he is continuously the sufferer of corruption on amusing media, location he advocates “left-wing account and a affection and abiding allegation to opposing racism, fascism, Islamophobia and homophobia”.
He introduced: “I often column on LGBTQ rights – I familiar a albatross due to the fact The Guardian did not receive any introduced LGBTQ columnists, I alike take delivery of the delight banderole on my Twitter bio.
“Almost every wonderful day I am the responsible of an certain boost (of abuse) through far-right sympathisers.”
He said he accustomed afterlife threats on a circadian basis, adding: “It’s the combination of fact left-wing, homosexual, anti-fascist – it is combination the some distance appropriate hate.
“They’ve appear to look me as this abhorrence amount in their ranks.”
Following his arrest, a chase of Healy’s home begin a cardinal of gadgets affiliated to some distance-right credo consisting of a accumulating of pin badges affiliated to white abolitionist corporations.
One of the items bore the call of the Combat 18 neo-Nazi organization, whose declared targets accommodate “execute all queers”, the cloister heard.
A altogether time table featuring a St George’s flag, cranium and crossbones and the phrases: “You take delivery of been nominated and dealt with by the Chelsea Headhunters”, in advertence to the belled brigand firm, became moreover recovered.
Healy stated the gadgets anachronous aback to his time in the agitated Chelsea Youth Firm.
He claimed he had saved them because he is a hoarder, and that he did not apperceive the memorabilia’s association to the some distance-proper and white abolitionist moves.
Asked if he captivated homophobic or racist views, he spoke back: “No, it is 2020.”
Healy stated that, within the photograph wherein he’s allegedly assuming a Nazi salute, his arm is captivated out to the ideal to appearance off his Chelsea Youth Close tattoo.
“I’ve looked up the Nazi cope with online, I’ve by no means obvious a account vicinity their arm is out to the ancillary – it’s consistently out in front,” he stated.
The cloister become instructed he turned into continuously focused online by using supporters of English Defence League architect Tommy Robinson and bourgeois movement the Democratic Football Lads Alliance.
Mr Jones, who seem his aboriginal book, Chavs: The Demonisation Of The Working Class, in 2011, stated: “I’m an unapologetic socialist, I’m an anti-racist, I’m an anti-fascist”.
Healy claims he assaulted Mr Jones because he barged him inside the pub and spilt his drink, which Mr Jones stated “without a doubt did not take place”.
The cloister heard Healy become exceeded a 5-year soccer ban in 2017 afterwards hasty the perspective at West Brom back Chelsea won the Premier League.
After his domestic turned into raided, cops begin “insignia” and memorabilia accompanying to football club Chelsea and Chelsea Supporters Group.
Police moreover obvious a Nazi skull and crossbones and ‘SS’ lightning strikes, it became said.
Among the delivered gadgets become a photograph of Healy assuming a Nazi deal with and a altogether card, proposing a St George’s flag, the cranium and crossbones and the words: “You take delivery of been nominated and handled through the Chelsea Headhunters.”
And a pin emblem changed into emblazoned with the name of the Combat 18 neo-Nazi group, whose declared targets accommodate “execute all queers”, the cloister heard.
Philip McGhee, prosecuting, said: “Mr Healy changed into related to a cardinal of a long way-right agitator businesses who are well-known to be homophobic.
Recalling the development these days, Mr Jones stated he turned into accepting a “pleasant night” till he concluded up on the attic “completely disorientated”.
He said: “In the ones ten seconds, I do not certainly bethink what took place because I turned into attacked from behind, I had no school of what become interest to occur.”
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