Man Jailed For Football Pitch Incident

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Footballer Lee Taylor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A raging footballer furious at being called "Fatty" by rival supporters was jailed for ten years today(fri) for ploughing his car into eleven teenage fans.

Soccer player Lee Taylor, 35, lost his temper at the "Fatty" slur by the opposing young fans after his team lost 5-0 in the local derby.

He then drove his grey BMW into the crowd to “mowed them down like skittles in a bowling alley” - leaving eleven fans aged 14 to 19 injured in the "carnage" on the soccer pitch.

The violence flared after Taylor played in the football match for Margam against the reserves of local rivals Cornelly United near Bridgend, South Wales.

Prosecutor Christopher Rees said the supporters from the home side of Cornelly were shouting out at players of Taylor's team before he stormed out to drive his car at them.

Mr Rees said: “There were around 30 to 40 spectators at the game, most of them young persons.”

Newport Crown Court heard one spectator was “giving out playground banter” to the Margam players and a group of young people crowded around the changing room.

Taylor shouted: “Do you wanna go?” to challenge the fans of the rival team.

Taylor then jumped into his BMW and reversed out of his parking space before driving at the young fans.

Mr Rees said: “Taylor pointed the nose of the vehicle at the group of young persons, revved and raced his engine, his wheels spun and drove at speed.

“He was knocking them down like skittles in a bowling alley - using his vehicle as a one tonne weapon.

“It was an attack which was out of all proportion with the playground banter which had preceded it.”

The court heard some of the injured fans were thrown up onto the bonnet of the car as it careered through them - and some filmed it on their mobile phones.

The youngest injured fan was 14 - and later told police he was “frozen in fear” and “thought he was going to die”.

Mr Rees said: “The defendant used his car as a weapon to drive at a group of young people. He caused injury to 11 people in the group he drove at.”

Taylor told police: “I wasn’t going to stay and take a kicking.”

In his police interview Taylor said he was called “fatty” by one of the boys - and he feared he was going “to get a kicking”.

Mr Rees said: "He got into his car to drive at the group because he had lost his temper. He knocked them down like skittles.

Taylor, of Sandfields, Port Talbot, denied the car rage attack and dangerous driving.

Nicola Powell, defending, said: "This was a man who had done so much to change his spots - up until the night in question.

"He let himself down in a moment of stupidity and now has to face the consequences of his actions."

But he was found guilty of dangerous driving and 11 counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

Today (fri), Taylor was jailed for a total of 10 years and was banned from driving for six years.

Judge Daniel Williams said: "The spat between two boys could have been defused by any adult with an ounce of common sense but you did not have that.

"Your fragile pride could not take the insults so you got into your car. You were angry and acted to exact your revenge on those who had dented your fragile ego.

"You reversed the car, you revved the engine and you put your foot down. The wheels spun as you drove into the group.

"Luckily none of the boys were seriously injured but the jury found that your intention was to do them serious harm.

"The events of this evening show that you have lost none of your hair trigger temper."

Cornelly United play in the South Wales Alliance League 1st division - the sixth tier of Welsh football.

An order was also made for Taylor's BMW to be confiscated.

After the case, Janine Davies of the CPS said “Lee Taylor used his car as a weapon, deliberately driving at the group.

“When cars are used as weapons the consequences can be devastating. We wish all those injured in this incident a speedy recovery.”

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