Chelsea Hooligans: Men sentenced following Cardiff match

Twenty-four men have been sentenced for taking part in violence after an FA Cup match between Chelsea and Cardiff City in west London in February 2010.

Ten of them committed violent disorder, while 12 were sentenced for affray and the other two for public disorder.

All were banned from football grounds for between three and eight years.

The clashes were between two separate groups of hooligans, the Chelsea Head Hunters and the Soul Crew of Cardiff, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

One of those convicted was 43-year-old Jason Marriner from Hertfordshire, who was previously the subject of an undercover investigation by TV journalist Donal MacIntyre into hooliganism.

He was sentenced to two years in prison and banned from football grounds for six years after being convicted of violent disorder.

Broken jaw

About 6,000 Cardiff fans travelled to London for the fifth round match, which Chelsea won 4-1.

It had a 1200 GMT kick-off on Saturday 13 February.

The Metropolitan and South Wales Police forces joined together and Operation Turnhill, as it was codenamed, saw officers going undercover to spot troublemakers.

One police officer suffered a broken jaw in the violence.

A pregnant woman told the court how she was forced to speed away in her car on Kings Road, near Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground, because she feared for her life and that of her unborn child.

So far 63 people have been convicted over the violence, which followed the clubs’ first meeting in 18 years.

Detail of charges and sentences:

The defendants sentenced for violent disorder were:

Stephen Bradley, 49, of Beechwood Avenue, Sunbury, Surrey – sentenced to 18 months and banned from football for six years

Jeremiah Costello, 49, of Kilburn, north-west London – sentenced to 12 months and banned from football for six years

Ian Cutler, 50, of Hawthorn Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands – sentenced to 14 months and banned from football for six years

Darren Forrest, 40, of Waterlooville, Hampshire – sentenced to 18 months and banned from football for six years

Simon Hearn, 23, of Woking Close, Barnes, south-west London – sentenced to two years and banned from football for six years

Lee Hilton, 40, of Sunnyside Close, Angmering, West Sussex – sentenced to 14 months and banned from football for six years

James Lavender, 30, of Austen Walk, Eastbourne, East Sussex – sentenced to 14 months and banned from football for six years

Jason Marriner, 43, of Yarmouth Road, Hertfordshire – sentenced to two years and banned from football for six years

Ben Satchell, 20, of Onslow Way, Croydon, south London – sentenced to eight months in a young offenders’ institution and banned from football for six years

Nicholas Whelan, 21, of Blandford Road, Beckenham, Kent – sentenced to 14 months and banned from football for six years

The defendants sentenced for affray were:

Malcolm Courtney, 45, of Stafford Road, Acton, west London – sentenced to eight months and banned from football for six years

Anthony Dempsey, 37, of High Street, Tooting, south London – six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, plus 120 hours’ community service and £250 costs, and banned from football for four years

John Devitt, 45, of Grosvenor Crescent, Uxbridge, west London – sentenced to eight months and banned from football for six years

Carl Drury, 44, of Burstow House, Hawley, Surrey – sentenced to two counts of 12 months, to run concurrently, and banned from football for eight years

Michael Garrard, 48, of Massingbred Way, Tooting, south London – eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, plus 200 hours’ community service and £1,500 costs, and banned from football for three years

Anthony Gunter, 26, of Fleetside, West Molesey, Surrey – sentenced to eight months and banned from football for six years

Ray James Kennedy, 40, of Trinity Road, London – six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, plus 120 hours’ community service and £250 costs, and banned from football for five years

Craig McGuire, Horseferry Road, central London – sentenced to six months and banned from football for six years

John Meachen, 42, of Queens Street, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, plus 240 hours’ community service and £1,500 costs, and banned from football for three years

Adam Rawlings, 21, of St Albans Road, Watford, Hertfordshire – sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders’ institution and banned from football for six years

Tom Townsend, 20, of Waddon Park Avenue, Croydon, south London – sentenced to six months in a young offenders’ institution and banned from football for six years

Graham Wallace, 47, of Palins Avenue, Maidstone, Kent – sentenced to eight months and and banned from football for eight years

The defendants sentenced for public disorder were:

Mark Connors, 47, of Cheviot Road, Slough, Berkshire – sentenced to 50 hours’ community service, plus 12 months’ supervision and £100 costs, and banned from football for three years

Brian Hall, 48, of Seaforth Grove, Southend, Essex – sentenced to 120 hours’ community service, plus a 12-month community order and £250 costs, and banned from football for three years

BBC NEWS LONDON – 25th March 2011


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