Southampton-based Millwall fan Leonard Pinnick jailed after kicking officer outside St Mary's Stadium ahead of FA Cup match

Millwall fan Leonard Pinnick kicking a police officer outside St Mary's Stadium

Leonard Pinnick (left), with his father Lee Pinnick

First published in Crime

THIS was the moment a football thug unleashed a ferocious attack on a police officer and kicked him in the face.

Violent Leonard Pinnick left PC Darren Willis with a dislocated jaw, black eyes and broken teeth after lashing out at the officer who was restraining his drunken father on the ground.

Both men, who are Millwall fans living in Southampton, had been drinking heavily before the two sides met for an FA Cup match at St Mary’s on February 7 last year.

Now the 26-year-old, from Bitterne Road West, is starting a three-year jail term and is facing an eight-year ban from attending football matches for what a judge described as a “reckless”

and “targeted” attack.

Southampton Crown Court heard how the violence, which was captured on CCTV, erupted outside the stadium as the evening game kicked off, when both father and son were turned away for being drunk.

Leonard Pinnick’s father Lee, who was 49 at the time, was being restrained on the pavement after spitting at an officer and telling another “I’ll cut your throat and kill your family”.

Pinnick then ran over to him and kicked out with force, sending the officer’s helmet flying as he made contact with his face.

Prosecutor Fiona Rutherford said: “There was a struggle, then the officer felt a heavy blow to the right side of his face.”

PC Willis suffered a dislocated jaw, swelling to his face, a black eye and cuts to the inside of his mouth from his damaged teeth, making it difficult for him to eat, the court heard.

The Daily Echo reported last May how Lee Pinnick was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, using threatening language and trying to enter a sports ground while drunk, following a trial at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

He was handed a 14-week jail term, and he was suspended and banned from games for three years.

As Leonard Pinnick was jailed he yelled out to a woman in the public gallery, saying “no, don’t cry over him, don’t cry over that”.

The court heard how the assault happened only one week after Leonard Pinnick had assaulted a ticket conductor on a train returning from a Millwall game and three months after he had repeatedly punched a man at an ATM in Southampton.

Representing Leonard Pinnick, Alistair Wright said his client had kicked PC Willis because he thought excessive force was being used against his father.

Judge Derwyn Hope said Pinnick kicked PC Willis “with a shod foot that was not only deliberate towards that officer, but with a high degree of recklessness.”

He added: “You caused more harm than was necessary and you particularly targeted the officer.”

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8:23am Mon 7 Jan 13

chavfreezone says...

The enemy within. Look like a couple of right planks to me.
The enemy within. Look like a couple of right planks to me. chavfreezone
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8:52am Mon 7 Jan 13

Saintwiz says...

That puppy fat will just drop off him inside.
Soap on rope x2.
That puppy fat will just drop off him inside. Soap on rope x2. Saintwiz
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9:00am Mon 7 Jan 13

dibsy1984 says...

See how hard he is in prison!
See how hard he is in prison! dibsy1984
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9:09am Mon 7 Jan 13

Harefield boy says...

Three Years was never enough!!
Both should have been jailed..
Three Years was never enough!! Both should have been jailed.. Harefield boy
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9:33am Mon 7 Jan 13

SotonLad says...

Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night?
Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night? SotonLad
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9:41am Mon 7 Jan 13

freefinker says...

SotonLad wrote:
Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night?
.. oh, shoot the messenger? What a good idea.

You obviously have no idea how our legal system works.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night?[/p][/quote].. oh, shoot the messenger? What a good idea. You obviously have no idea how our legal system works. freefinker
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9:48am Mon 7 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

freefinker wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night?
.. oh, shoot the messenger? What a good idea.

You obviously have no idea how our legal system works.
You are probably correct ..... But sometimes you just wonder how the indefensible can be defended
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night?[/p][/quote].. oh, shoot the messenger? What a good idea. You obviously have no idea how our legal system works.[/p][/quote]You are probably correct ..... But sometimes you just wonder how the indefensible can be defended Lone Ranger.
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9:54am Mon 7 Jan 13

alan.of.eastleigh says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
freefinker wrote:
SotonLad wrote: Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night?
.. oh, shoot the messenger? What a good idea. You obviously have no idea how our legal system works.
You are probably correct ..... But sometimes you just wonder how the indefensible can be defended
Isn't it the mark of a civilised society? Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and everyone is entitled to the best possible defence. The right outcome was delivered leaving no room for doubt.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Alastair Wright, how do you sleep at night?[/p][/quote].. oh, shoot the messenger? What a good idea. You obviously have no idea how our legal system works.[/p][/quote]You are probably correct ..... But sometimes you just wonder how the indefensible can be defended[/p][/quote]Isn't it the mark of a civilised society? Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and everyone is entitled to the best possible defence. The right outcome was delivered leaving no room for doubt. alan.of.eastleigh
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10:42am Mon 7 Jan 13

sarfhamton says...

What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?
What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court? sarfhamton
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10:49am Mon 7 Jan 13

Ted Rogers says...

sarfhamton wrote:
What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?
The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick....
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?[/p][/quote]The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick.... Ted Rogers
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11:06am Mon 7 Jan 13

sarfhamton says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?
The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick....
Well of course his crime of violence are worse than his fashion ones but it sums up the sort of person he is.

I went to this game and bumped into some Millwall fans, although drunk and vocal they mingled with Saints fans with good humour.

Idiots like this are trying to drag game back to the 70s
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?[/p][/quote]The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick....[/p][/quote]Well of course his crime of violence are worse than his fashion ones but it sums up the sort of person he is. I went to this game and bumped into some Millwall fans, although drunk and vocal they mingled with Saints fans with good humour. Idiots like this are trying to drag game back to the 70s sarfhamton
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11:40am Mon 7 Jan 13

Ted Rogers says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
sarfhamton wrote: What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?
The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick....
Well of course his crime of violence are worse than his fashion ones but it sums up the sort of person he is. I went to this game and bumped into some Millwall fans, although drunk and vocal they mingled with Saints fans with good humour. Idiots like this are trying to drag game back to the 70s
Unfortunately there are a few in our own ranks that have the same goal.

You only have to read the article about the Arsenal supporters being ejected from the family stand. How sad it is that you can't support different teams without being or feeling threatened by the opposing fans.

I watched Saturdays match sandwiched between a Chelsea and a Portsmouth fan - very good natured and enjoyable - result took a bit of the shine off though :-{
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?[/p][/quote]The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick....[/p][/quote]Well of course his crime of violence are worse than his fashion ones but it sums up the sort of person he is. I went to this game and bumped into some Millwall fans, although drunk and vocal they mingled with Saints fans with good humour. Idiots like this are trying to drag game back to the 70s[/p][/quote]Unfortunately there are a few in our own ranks that have the same goal. You only have to read the article about the Arsenal supporters being ejected from the family stand. How sad it is that you can't support different teams without being or feeling threatened by the opposing fans. I watched Saturdays match sandwiched between a Chelsea and a Portsmouth fan - very good natured and enjoyable - result took a bit of the shine off though :-{ Ted Rogers
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1:02pm Mon 7 Jan 13

can happen to anyone says...

why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone!
why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone! can happen to anyone
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1:23pm Mon 7 Jan 13

florida saint says...

millwall fans when millwall in town, but normally at saints games supporting saints.
millwall fans when millwall in town, but normally at saints games supporting saints. florida saint
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1:27pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

Pair of rock apes
Pair of rock apes Outside of the Box
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2:24pm Mon 7 Jan 13

mbetts says...

Why football thug? Why not just thug? He's a piece of scum regardless if he's wearing a scarf or tattoo, produced by a broken society not the fact that he goes to football!
Why football thug? Why not just thug? He's a piece of scum regardless if he's wearing a scarf or tattoo, produced by a broken society not the fact that he goes to football! mbetts
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3:32pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Higginz says...

can happen to anyone wrote:
why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone!
Just for you... http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=afE4uW_V6
DY
[quote][p][bold]can happen to anyone[/bold] wrote: why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone![/p][/quote]Just for you... http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=afE4uW_V6 DY Higginz
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3:59pm Mon 7 Jan 13

cleanupsoccer says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
sarfhamton wrote: What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?
The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick....
Well of course his crime of violence are worse than his fashion ones but it sums up the sort of person he is. I went to this game and bumped into some Millwall fans, although drunk and vocal they mingled with Saints fans with good humour. Idiots like this are trying to drag game back to the 70s
Unfortunately there are a few in our own ranks that have the same goal.

You only have to read the article about the Arsenal supporters being ejected from the family stand. How sad it is that you can't support different teams without being or feeling threatened by the opposing fans.

I watched Saturdays match sandwiched between a Chelsea and a Portsmouth fan - very good natured and enjoyable - result took a bit of the shine off though :-{
And many of them are leading posters on the Saints threads. Although mostly passed their prime and slowing down a bit, so just give it endless boring verbal.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: What sort of Moron wears a hooded top to court?[/p][/quote]The sort of Moron who kicks someone else in the head and realises that the clothes he wears to court will probably have to do him for the first night he spends in Winchester nick....[/p][/quote]Well of course his crime of violence are worse than his fashion ones but it sums up the sort of person he is. I went to this game and bumped into some Millwall fans, although drunk and vocal they mingled with Saints fans with good humour. Idiots like this are trying to drag game back to the 70s[/p][/quote]Unfortunately there are a few in our own ranks that have the same goal. You only have to read the article about the Arsenal supporters being ejected from the family stand. How sad it is that you can't support different teams without being or feeling threatened by the opposing fans. I watched Saturdays match sandwiched between a Chelsea and a Portsmouth fan - very good natured and enjoyable - result took a bit of the shine off though :-{[/p][/quote]And many of them are leading posters on the Saints threads. Although mostly passed their prime and slowing down a bit, so just give it endless boring verbal. cleanupsoccer
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4:48pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Ted Rogers says...

Higginz wrote:
can happen to anyone wrote: why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone!
Just for you... http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=afE4uW_V6 DY
The officer must be pretty disappointed that his colleagues let Moron number 2 anywhere near him whilst he was restraining Moron number 1.
[quote][p][bold]Higginz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]can happen to anyone[/bold] wrote: why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone![/p][/quote]Just for you... http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=afE4uW_V6 DY[/p][/quote]The officer must be pretty disappointed that his colleagues let Moron number 2 anywhere near him whilst he was restraining Moron number 1. Ted Rogers
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6:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
Higginz wrote:
can happen to anyone wrote: why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone!
Just for you... http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=afE4uW_V6 DY
The officer must be pretty disappointed that his colleagues let Moron number 2 anywhere near him whilst he was restraining Moron number 1.
The cctv shows loads of other police and stewards come running as soon as the officer is kicked, one wonders why they didn't intervene prior to the boot going in?
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Higginz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]can happen to anyone[/bold] wrote: why is it that cctv is cut??? open your eyes everyone![/p][/quote]Just for you... http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=afE4uW_V6 DY[/p][/quote]The officer must be pretty disappointed that his colleagues let Moron number 2 anywhere near him whilst he was restraining Moron number 1.[/p][/quote]The cctv shows loads of other police and stewards come running as soon as the officer is kicked, one wonders why they didn't intervene prior to the boot going in? Outside of the Box
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9:52pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Winchester Saint says...

Yeah, well, Millwall fans is one of ten worst violent fans in England so according to list published recently.

I remember when I and a old school mate of mine went to St Mary for first ever football match back in 2011 while Saints was in League One.

When game over, the police stopped us among Saints fans. We waited while the police shepherded Millwall fans away from St Mary's area before we are cleared to go home safety.

Both were proved to be two of the worst football fans Millwall ever had. Shame on them and I hope they learnt their lesson, maybe not?
Yeah, well, Millwall fans is one of ten worst violent fans in England so according to list published recently. I remember when I and a old school mate of mine went to St Mary for first ever football match back in 2011 while Saints was in League One. When game over, the police stopped us among Saints fans. We waited while the police shepherded Millwall fans away from St Mary's area before we are cleared to go home safety. Both were proved to be two of the worst football fans Millwall ever had. Shame on them and I hope they learnt their lesson, maybe not? Winchester Saint
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10:24pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

Winchester Saint wrote:
Yeah, well, Millwall fans is one of ten worst violent fans in England so according to list published recently.

I remember when I and a old school mate of mine went to St Mary for first ever football match back in 2011 while Saints was in League One.

When game over, the police stopped us among Saints fans. We waited while the police shepherded Millwall fans away from St Mary's area before we are cleared to go home safety.

Both were proved to be two of the worst football fans Millwall ever had. Shame on them and I hope they learnt their lesson, maybe not?
Yep Millwall fans from Harefield in Southampton.

A finer pair of idiots you'll not meet.
[quote][p][bold]Winchester Saint[/bold] wrote: Yeah, well, Millwall fans is one of ten worst violent fans in England so according to list published recently. I remember when I and a old school mate of mine went to St Mary for first ever football match back in 2011 while Saints was in League One. When game over, the police stopped us among Saints fans. We waited while the police shepherded Millwall fans away from St Mary's area before we are cleared to go home safety. Both were proved to be two of the worst football fans Millwall ever had. Shame on them and I hope they learnt their lesson, maybe not?[/p][/quote]Yep Millwall fans from Harefield in Southampton. A finer pair of idiots you'll not meet. Outside of the Box
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7:47am Tue 8 Jan 13

WECOMING4U says...

Just think when he gets out there will be no more Portsmouth FC.
Just think when he gets out there will be no more Portsmouth FC. WECOMING4U
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1:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

lancecutter says...

I was actually there when it happened, the cop was being too heavy handed and got what he deserved. You had about 10 cops on one man. Just because he's a copper, Lenny gets 3 years. Wrong!
I was actually there when it happened, the cop was being too heavy handed and got what he deserved. You had about 10 cops on one man. Just because he's a copper, Lenny gets 3 years. Wrong! lancecutter
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10:19am Thu 10 Jan 13

katrina_27 says...

lancecutter wrote:
I was actually there when it happened, the cop was being too heavy handed and got what he deserved. You had about 10 cops on one man. Just because he's a copper, Lenny gets 3 years. Wrong!
A friend of his?? your views will be completely bias, but from an outsider this is wrong on ALL levels!!!
[quote][p][bold]lancecutter[/bold] wrote: I was actually there when it happened, the cop was being too heavy handed and got what he deserved. You had about 10 cops on one man. Just because he's a copper, Lenny gets 3 years. Wrong![/p][/quote]A friend of his?? your views will be completely bias, but from an outsider this is wrong on ALL levels!!! katrina_27
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8:30pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Mary outran says...

Lancecutter - Either you werent actually at the scene, or your memory must be somewhat jaded, it's plainly obvious for all to see from the CCTV available to view on this very thread, that two officers were restraining Moron number 1 who himself kicked out at one of the officers restraining him. Moron 2 received a sentence not 'because' the person he attacked was a policeman but because he broke the law and attacked another person. Yes the sentence length probably would have been affected by the fact that Moron number 2 kicked an officer who was upholding the law, however there are consequences to actions and hopefully Moron number two will realise this when he is enjoying time at HM pleasure. I'm pretty sure the officer did not ask to be kicked in the head and therefore in any just, sane mind, this is justice.
Lancecutter - Either you werent actually at the scene, or your memory must be somewhat jaded, it's plainly obvious for all to see from the CCTV available to view on this very thread, that two officers were restraining Moron number 1 who himself kicked out at one of the officers restraining him. Moron 2 received a sentence not 'because' the person he attacked was a policeman but because he broke the law and attacked another person. Yes the sentence length probably would have been affected by the fact that Moron number 2 kicked an officer who was upholding the law, however there are consequences to actions and hopefully Moron number two will realise this when he is enjoying time at HM pleasure. I'm pretty sure the officer did not ask to be kicked in the head and therefore in any just, sane mind, this is justice. Mary outran
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8:10pm Thu 24 Jan 13

lancecutter says...

so its ok for the police to be heavy handed but they dont like it back wake up people
so its ok for the police to be heavy handed but they dont like it back wake up people lancecutter
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