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Hooligans jailed for blinding man
Ninian Park
Other stewards were hit in the violence at the match
Six football fans have been sentenced for their part in violence at a match which left a steward permanently blinded in one eye.

Birmingham City fans threw seats, coins and a lump of concrete during a match at Cardiff's Ninian Park last August.

One of the missiles hit steward Roger Llewellyn-Mortimer in the face.

Five men were jailed for up to eight months and a sixth given a suspended sentence after they admitted affray. All received lengthy banning orders.

'No regard for anyone'

Cardiff Crown Court heard the men were identified from footage recorded at the match.

In a statement, Mr Llewellyn-Mortimer described how his left eye was hit with an "unbelievable" force.

"They paid no regard to the terrified men, women and children around them," he added.

Peter Davies, prosecuting, said one woman at the match with her children for a birthday treat was physically sick after leaving the ground.

Martin Bowman, 36, of Eastfield Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, was sentenced to eight months for breaking seats and throwing one.

Stamping on seats

Mark Brennan, 31, of Tibland Road, Birmingham, who stamped on a seat but did not throw anything, was jailed for three months.

Lee Devine, 32, of Chisholm Grove, Acocks Green, Birmingham, who has 22 previous convictions and was given a football banning order in May, was sentenced to four months.

James McCarthy, 24, of Lapworth Oaks, Lapworth, Warwickshire, was jailed for three months for stamping on a seat.

Billy Whiteside, 18, of Addenbrooke Road, Smethwick, was sentenced to three months in a young offenders' institution.

Martin Morgan, 52, of St Helens Road, Solihull, was given a three-month sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Bowman, Brennan, Devine, McCarthy and Whiteside were given six-year football banning orders, while Morgan received a three-year ban.


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