Man from east London jailed for ‘senseless’ attack on Telford United fan at football match
A man from east London has been jailed for an “unprovoked and senseless” attack on a football fan that left him with a brain injury.
Lee Boyce, 54, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for grievous bodily harm following the violent assault at a game in Telford, Shropshire.
His co-accused Leyton James, 29, was given a 12-month community order for assault.
Both pleaded guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday and received a five-year ban from attending football matches.
The attack took place at an FA Trophy semi-final match between Leyton Orient and Telford United on March 23, 2019.
Detective Sergeant Andy Dawson, said: “This was an unprovoked and senseless attack on an innocent member of the public who had been watching his team play football.
“The attack has had a long-lasting impact on the victim, who has been incredibly brave throughout.
“Incidents like this have no place in society and we won’t hesitate to apprehend and seek prosecution those responsible.
“Football should be a safe and inclusive sport for all to enjoy. Thankfully, incidents like this are rare in our area, but I hope that this sentence, and the accompanying football banning orders, show that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”