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Ealing hooligan who sparked football fight by spitting on Leyton Orient fan has sentence reduced

Stephen Michael James Dore was standing among QPR fans before pushing and spitting at a Leyton Orient fan

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An Ealing hooligan whose violence sparked an attack on football fans at an east London pub has had his sentence slashed following appeal.

Stephen Michael James Dore, 28, pushed and spat at a Leyton Orient fan when he was drinking outside the Woodins Shades in Bishopsgate.

Dore had been standing by a gang of rowdy QPR fans.

He stood by when the QPR fans set upon the other supporters in August 2015, hurling glasses and bottles, and punching and kicking the others.

Dore, of Gurnell Grove, admitted he was involved in the disorder, but insisted he did not intend to encourage the onslaught that ensued.

He admitted violent disorder and having cocaine which was later found at his home and was jailed for 13 months at the Old Bailey in December.

On Wednesday (June 7), three senior judges at the Court of Appeal said that was too tough and slashed Dore's sentence to nine months.

Appeal judge Mrs Justice Whipple, sitting with Lady Justice Thirlwall and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, said Dore had to be sentenced for what he actually did.

He had not been to the match and was not associated with fans in the pub who police considered to be a "risk", she said.

"The judge should have noted that his role was at the beginning of the overall episode of violence that enfolded," she said.

"As Dore stated in his basis of plea, he had not been involved in the later and more violent episode which took place.

"He was not associated with the 'risk' fans also in the pub that afternoon.

"We conclude that this sentence is indeed manifestly excessive and must be quashed."

The term was cut to nine months, but Dore will also serve a six-year football banning order.

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