Owen Jones’ alleged attackers say it was not a hate crime

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James Healy, Charlie Ambrose, and Liam Tracey have admitted a charge of affray over the incident outside a pub in Islington on 17 August, while Healy also admitted causing the bodily harm. Prosecutors told the court that the attack on Jones, who they described as a “journalist and a left-wing campaigner for LGBT people”, is believed to have been motivated by his views on some social and political issues, in part LGBT rights. However, appearing in Snaresbrook Crown Court, the men denied that the attack was motivated by the columnist’s sexuality. They are supposed to be sentenced in 2020. Jones said he has been “systematically and deliberately targeted by far-right activists” on previous occasions, recalling instances where he had been subjected to homophobic verbal abuse from far-right activists.

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