A gang of brazen web ‘pranksters’ who have been filmed storming an Asda dressed as fantasy characters earlier than attacking employees have been jailed yesterday.
The mob – a few of whom have been dressed as Spiderman, Ali G and Little Crimson Driving Hood – have been filmed storming the grocery store department in Clapham Junction, south west London, in July 2021.
Kick-boxing trainer and champion Josh McDonald, 32, was videoed, dressed as Spider-Man, kicking and punching female Asda worker Lauren Scott unconscious during the incident.
And George O’Boyle, 30, was videoed dressed as tv comedy character Ali G whereas punching a supervisor of the shop within the resist 15 occasions.
Each, every of them a father of two, have been yesterday jailed after admitting assault occasioning Precise Bodily Hurt, and violent dysfunction.
Pictured: George O’Boyle (left) and Josh McDonald (proper), have been jailed for storming an Asda dressed as fantasy characters earlier than attacking employees
Pictured is Josh McDonald kicking Lauren Scott out chilly in Asda in Clapham Junction, London
McDonald additionally admitted wounding with intent in an unrelated incident wherein his smashed a glass over a person’s head – in Northampton city centre in daylight – then rigorously slashed him with a shard he picked up from the bottom.
McDonald, of Northampton, was jailed for six years six months, and shall be monitored for an additional three years six months as a result of he’s thought of a hazard to the general public, ‘with problematic attitudes to masculinity’.
O’Boyle, of Surbiton, who had informed his followers on-line ‘supermarkets are my playground’ was jailed for 2 years two months for being ‘a frontrunner of the mayhem’.
His barrister Kerry Moore informed the courtroom in mitigation that the Asda riot was ‘an thoughtless, juvenile, idiotic stunt, the goal to jokingly throw a celebration within the aisles that night time’ that acquired out of hand.
Sophie Roberts, 20, who was dressed as ‘Little Crimson Driving Hood’ and is an unemployed mom of two from Northampton, and McDonald’s step-daughter, is to be sentenced subsequent month for hitting Miss Scott within the face, and threatening behaviour.
‘Faux-disabled Andy from TV’s Little Britain’, Wheelchair-user one-legged Rikki McKenzie, 36, of Northampton, additional identifiable in retailer by an extended blonde wig, was given a suspended sentence for threatening behaviour.
The courtroom heard he had used his wheelchair as a weapon earlier than pissed off employees beat him with luggage of ice and pulled him to the ground.
‘Military man’ Mark Pettigrew, 38, from west London, was final month given a group sentence for public dysfunction.
Ms Scott was punched within the face by educated kickboxer Sophie Roberts (pictured), 19, who was dressed as Little Crimson Driving Hood
Sophie Roberts (pictured) dressed as Little Crimson Driving Hood. She is to be sentenced subsequent month for hitting Miss Scott within the face
O’Boyle had staged the occasion for his tens of hundreds of followers on-line on TikTok and Instagram, and an entire mob turned up, together with many in fancy gown.
Numerous the group have been videoing the shop invasion and live-streaming it straight on to the web.
O’Boyle’s barrister Kerry Moore insisted at Kingston crown courtroom that he had merely deliberate ‘to have some enjoyable for social media leisure’.
However the a number of movies of the scary invasion on the giant Asda at Clapham Junction in south London late on a night in July 2021 made the reality clear.
Violence was threatened from the second the mob entered the store, with unemployed O’Boyle urgent his fist near a frightened safety guard’s face
The group entered storeroom closed to the general public, and violent mayhem ensued, with Spider-Man battering a number of members of employees with a steel crutch till it bent – whereas Ali G repeatedly pummelled a supervisor’s face.
Exterior the shop room, McDonald’s step-daughter Sophie Roberts, 19, dressed as Little Crimson Driving Hood, had hit Miss Scott within the face and was in a tussle together with her when the kick boxing champion strode over.
With out pause he kicked and punched the Asda employee unconscious, leaving her with a fractured eye socket.
Jailing the ring-leaders, who arrived at Asda in a stretch limousine, Decide Mark Bryant-Heron informed ‘Spider-Man’ McDonald: ‘You fully misplaced management, and attacked a lady, a member of employees in her office, and hit her within the face and drop-kicked her to the ground as she retreated from you.’