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Eight jailed over QPR and Leyton Orient football fan brawl

City of London Police undated handout photos of (top row left to right) Stephen Dore, Matthew McHugh, Joel Watson, Raymond Watson, (bottom row left to right) Devon Annal, Jamie Gourey, Jordan Pasquale, Paul Dillon Image copyright PA
Image caption (top row l-r) Stephen Dore, Matthew McHugh, Joel Watson, Raymond Watson, (bottom row l-r) Devon Annal, Jamie Gourey, Jordan Pasquale and Paul Dillon were all jailed over the brawl

Eight men have been jailed following a mass brawl between rival football fans in a central London pub.

The Queens Park Rangers and Leyton Orient supporters were drinking in the Woodins Shades pub in Bishopsgate on 8 August 2015.

Police said what had begun as "friendly banter" descended into violence, with bottles thrown and one man knocked unconscious.

Another four men were also sentenced at the Old Bailey over the fight.

The jury was told the trouble began when the group of Queens Park Rangers fans unfurled a St George's flag and Leyton Orient fans responded with comments.

CCTV showed members of the groups squaring up to each other in the street outside the pub.

Bragged on WhatsApp

After two Leyton Orient fans retreated, they had bottles hurled at them and were punched and kicked.

One who man fell to the floor was knocked unconscious when he was kicked in the head by one of the defendants, Paul Dillon.

Another defendant, Joel Watson, bragged on WhatsApp that he had "smashed a glass in a geezer's face" and "one geezer was knocked clean out", the court heard.

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Image caption The football fans were drinking at the Woodins Shades pub

Five men convicted by the jury were jailed for their participation in the brawl:

  • Paul Dillon, 31, of Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, was jailed for six years for grievous bodily harm with intent
  • Matthew McHugh, 29, of Hemel Hempstead, was jailed for 20 months for violent disorder
  • Jordan Pasquale, 20, of Richmond-upon-Thames, was jailed for 10 months for violent disorder
  • Devon Annal, 30, of Hammersmith, London, was jailed for 16 months for violent disorder
  • Jamie Gourey, 19, of Southall, London, was jailed for 18 months for violent disorder

Seven men who previously admitted being part of the brawl were also sentenced:

  • Joel Watson, 27, of Hammersmith, London, was jailed for 20 months for grievous bodily harm and violent disorder
  • Raymond Watson, 47, of Shepherds Bush, London was jailed for 26 months for violent disorder
  • Stephen Dore, 28, of Ealing, London, was jailed to 13 months for violent disorder and possession of a class A drug
  • David Lawrence, 25, of Borehamwood, in Hertfordshire, was sentenced to 10 months in jail, suspended for two years, and unpaid work requirements for violent disorder
  • Terry Curtis, 28, of Romford, Essex, was sentenced to 10 months in jail, suspended for two years, and unpaid work requirements for violent disorder
  • Sam O'Donoghue, 27, of Westminster, London, was given unpaid work and 12-month community orders for a public order offence
  • Bek Yerby, 18, of, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was given unpaid work and 12-month community orders for a public order offence.

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