Donal MacIntyre revenge attack man jailed

Donal MacIntyre
Image caption Donal MacIntyre infiltrated the Chelsea Head Hunters gang to expose football hooliganism

A 47-year-old man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for a revenge attack on investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre in a bar in Surrey.

James Wild, of Chertsey, was sentenced after being convicted at a previous hearing at Guildford Crown Court.

The attack last year followed a film 10 years earlier which exposed football hooligans.

Wild, of Bridge Wharf, was found guilty of harming a witness and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He given a two-year prison term for harming a witness or juror or person assisting an investigation in a case in 1999, and was also ordered to serve a consecutive six-month term for the assault charge.

His daughter Caley Wild, 24, of the same address, had faced the same charges but no evidence was offered on the allegation that she harmed a witness, and she was cleared of assault occasioning ABH.

Infiltrated gang

The incident took place in June 2009 at Cloud 9 Bar in Bridge Street, East Molesey.

At the time, Surrey Police said Mr MacIntyre, then 43, and his wife had been attacked by a group of people both inside and outside the bar.

Officers said the pair had been left with cuts, bruises and swelling which led to both of them seeking hospital treatment.

Det Sgt Dave Thomas described the attack as "nasty", and "completely unprovoked and cowardly".

For the documentary, Mr MacIntyre infiltrated the Chelsea Head Hunters gang to expose football hooliganism.

Mr MacIntyre told the court the people who attacked him last year had referred to his involvement in a man being convicted after the film was broadcast.

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