Liverpool fan’s attacker jailed

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Simone Mastrelli pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily wound

A person that left a Liverpool fan in a coma in an assault exterior the club’s Anfield stadium forward of a Champions League semi-final, has been jailed.

Simone Mastrelli pleaded guilty to attacking Sean Cox, Fifty three, who become as soon as left with excessive mind injuries earlier than Liverpool performed Roma final April.

At Preston Crown Court, Mastrelli, 30 and from Rome, become as soon as jailed for 3-and-a-half of years.

Mr Cox, of Dunboyne, County Meath, suffered horrific head injuries.

Mastrelli become as soon as extradited final month after being arrested on a European Arrest Warrant in Italy.

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Sean Cox travelled to Liverpool from Eire along with his brother Martin.

Mr Cox has been improving at the Nationwide Rehabilitation Well being facility in Dun Laoghaire.

The court heard that earlier than the assault, the sales director become as soon as a “busy husband and father of three children”, who loved a huge circle of mates and many energetic interests.

‘Never came house’

Speaking as Mastrelli watched from the dock Mr Cox’s daughter, Shauna, read a non-public victim assertion.

“Before this brutal and vicious assault my dad become as soon as a match and warranted man, a person of integrity with an substantial passion for existence who represented all the pieces which is faithful. A mentor, a proud household man with mighty neighborhood spirit,” she acknowledged.

“This violent and unprovoked attacked left Dad in a dire direct. We do not know the plot he’ll development and that in fact frightens us.

“My dad went to seek his loved group, Liverpool, and he never came house.”

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People of the Liverpool squad held up a banner in beef up of Sean Cox at a match in opposition to Napoli in August

Mr Cox spent four-and-a-half of weeks at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, a specialist neurological unit for mind injuries, following the assault on 24 April, earlier than being airlifted to one other specialist unit at Dublin’s Beaumont Well being facility.

The court heard he become as soon as knocked to the ground, unconscious, by a single punch from Mastrelli after he and his brother, Martin, had “sadly by pure accident” entered the course of a bunch of Roma’s “Extremely” followers, which included the defendant.

Photos of the assault in Walton Breck Dual carriageway, near the Albert pub, become as soon as performed in court and reveals Mastrelli at first aggressively confronting Mr Cox along with his hands raised.

Mastrelli is then considered forcibly punching Mr Cox within the face.

Keith Sutton, prosecuting, acknowledged Mastrelli straight moved away as Mr Cox lay motionless on the ground and checked his face overlaying become as soon as in state as he blended in with a bunch of Roma followers.

The court heard he later returned to Walton Breck Dual carriageway and had taken steps to change his appearance by doing away along with his face overlaying, his hood and the jacket he had been wearing earlier than entering the ground to seek the match.

The judge acknowledged Mr Cox and his brother catch been “lifelong Liverpool supporters” and “it had been a day of mighty excitement” that “ended within the most appalling conditions.”

He instructed Mastrelli: “It is top to catch picked him (Sean Cox) out as a result of Liverpool scarf.”

Judge Brown acknowledged Mastrelli delivered the blow after which “went into the stadium to acquire pleasure from the match, which become as soon as seriously callous given what had true came about and what you had performed to Mr Cox.

“The following day you returned to Italy. There become as soon as huge world publicity nevertheless you doubtlessly did no longer near forward.”

Mr Sutton acknowledged Mr Cox is “unable to keep in touch his wants, wants or desires… he is unable to dawdle and requires support with all actions of day-to-day living”.

He acknowledged: “The hope, the notion, is that at some level within the future it will seemingly be imaginable for him to conclude house and it will require an intensive house beef up kit”.

“Really that he shouldn’t be any longer going to are living independently all every other time.”

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Liverpool later lost to Loyal Madrid within the 2018 Champions League final

The court heard Mastrelli become as soon as placed underneath home arrest in Italy final October and had attended several court hearings to contest his eventual extradition.

Alison Gurden, defending, acknowledged he become as soon as a household man himself and become as soon as “distraught” at the suffering he had caused.

“He become as soon as no longer responsive to the extent of the injuries to Mr Cox till he got support to Italy nevertheless he become as soon as acutely aware as rapidly as he punched Mr Cox he had performed something unsuitable,” she acknowledged.

Mastrelli entered a guilty plea to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily wound on Mr Cox.

He pleaded no longer guilty to a separate depend of violent dysfunction, which he become as soon as instructed will lie on file after the Crown authorised his plea.

One other Roma fan, Filippo Lombardi, 21, become as soon as cleared in October of inflicting grievous bodily wound on Mr Cox, though he become as soon as jailed for 3 years for violent dysfunction.

A third man, Daniele Sciusco, 29, from Rome, admitted violent dysfunction forward of the match and become as soon as jailed for two-and-a-half of years, final August.

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