Three males like admitted being desirous about an assault on Guardian columnist Owen Jones nonetheless denied it changed into motivated by homophobia.
The journalist changed into celebrating his birthday at the Lexington pub in Islington, north London, when he changed into centered on 17 August.
James Healy, 40, Charlie Ambrose, 30, and Liam Tracey, 34, admitted a payment of affray at Snaresbrook Crown Court docket.
Healey also admitted assault occasioning true bodily difficulty.
He’ll now face a trial of area in entrance of a judge to determine whether the assault changed into motivated by Mr Jones’s sexuality.
Mr Jones, who is cheerful and campaigns for LGBT rights, suffered cuts and swelling to his back, head and bruises all down his body within the assault.
At a outdated listening to, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court docket heard Mr Jones changed into “karate-kicked” within the back.
Prosecutor Philip McGhee said if the assault changed into came across to be motivated by homophobia “it would favor a area topic affect” on sentence.
The trial of area in opposition to Healy will occur at the same court docket in January and Mr Jones will likely be required to present evidence.
All three males are due to the be sentenced on 11 February and were warned they would possibly possibly possibly most likely possibly possibly face penal complex. Decide Paul Southern granted the defendants conditional bail till then.