LiveFootball fans on trial over Saints match

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Summary

  • Kieran Allen and Russell Huwes accused of possessing firework at sports ground
  • Relates to the Saints v Chelsea match on New Years Day this year
  • The pair deny the charges

9:21pm

Here is a video of the incident: 

7:42pm

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Kieran Allen, pictured on the left of the image, next to a steward who is dressed in orange. Allen has dark floppy hair and is almost completely face on to the camera.

7:40pm

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Russell Huwes, pictured with a cornrow hairstyle and hands in the air.

5:30pm

The two men have each been fined £250 and ordered to pay £25 victim surcharge and £325 costs.

5:21pm

The hearing is adjourned shortly while magistrates decide sentence.

5:15pm

5:08pm

The magistrates have found both men guilty.

Magistrate said: "body language doesn't show it was going to be handed to the steward.

"We believe both defendants were celebrating with the flare."

5:02pm

The defendents have both been called back to court.

3:34pm

Defence counsel says Hewes saw it was dangerous and thought it was appropriate.

"They picked it up and that isn't possession and I think you should acquit them."

3:34pm

The trial has been adjourned shortly while magistrates re-examine CCTV.

3:34pm

The defence counsel says Allen "thought he was doing the right thing" and that his judgement wasn't at its highest because he had a few drinks at lunchtime.

3:34pm

Defence counsel says the CCTV makes it difficult to see precisely what is happening.

But one can clearly see a few rows behind there are some people with firecrackers.

3:33pm

Hewes leaves the witness box. Defence counsel begins the closing speech.

She says its clear they didn't take it into the stadium. They had it thrown at them.
They were "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

3:33pm

When asked why he just didn't leave it.

Hewes said "that would be passing the buck and I'm not one to pass the buck."

3:22pm

Hewes says again that he took the flare to give to the steward.

Prosecutor asks him was it because you saw your friend celebrating and you wanted to celebrate with it.

Hewes said. "No. That's your perception."

3:13pm

Hewes claims the way the flare looks like it was dipping below people's waists in the second of two CCTV images due to the angle of the CCTV cameras.

3:11pm

Prosecutor is cross examining Hewes. Hewes says he doesn't believe that the flare was going "up and down" as if celebrating.

3:08pm

Hewes says he took it with his left hand to pass to his right hand to pass on to the steward.

When he tried to pass it to the steward, the steward grabbed his hand and Hewes dropped it.

3:07pm

Hewes has pointed himself out on the CCTV.

3:01pm

Hewes said he grabbed it from Kieron and was going to pass to steward when steward grabbed his hand very tight and he dropped it.

Hewes said he tried to explain to the steward and urged them to watch it on video but then the atmosphere started getting aggressive.

Hewes said he was trying to calm the situation down.

2:59pm

Hewes said he was going to pick it up. As a trained electrician he saw there was a child nearby.

He didn't stamp it out because he thought it would be "dangerous".

2:59pm

Hewes said he saw something fly past his shoulder and hit the seat.

He saw something hit the seat in front of him and took a few seconds before it erupted into a plume of smoke.

2:57pm

Hewes says he and fans were searched at stadium and nothing was found on him.

2:57pm

Hewes said he didn't eat anything before starting to drink at Yates.

He said he has three-four pints. Says he doesn't drink that much normally apart from weekends. But he says he ate at the pub.

2:57pm

Hewes said he has been a fan for 17 years and goes quite often to their matches.

2:49pm

Hewes takes his place in the witness box.

He confirms his name and states he is an electrician by trade.

2:47pm

Allen says he passed the flare to Hewes because he saw the steward coming and so Hewes could pass it to steward.

2:47pm

Prosecutor says that for the time for the steward to get to him would take more than four secs. It was more like 15. Allen denied it.

2:46pm

Prosecutor suggests he picked the flare up from his feet and was celebrating with it and had "no intention" of getting rid of it.

Allen said: "No, I disagree."

2:46pm

Asked why he had his back to the pitch and if he was celebrating with those with the firecrackers he said. "No I was trying to see where it came from."

2:45pm

Asked why if he picked it up if it was dangerous Allen said smoke was only coming from one end.

Allen said he picked it up because it was an "instinctive decision".

Asked why he didn't stamp it out, Allen said "I didn't know what the effect was."

2:43pm

Allen says he can drink a "fair bit more" than Hewes.

2:36pm

Now the prosecutor, Owen Holloway, is cross examining Mr Allen.

2:28pm

Mr Allen also points to himself approaching the steward.

2:25pm

He points to himself handing flare to Mr Hewes.

2:25pm

The court is being shown CCTV again and Mr Allen is trying to point himself out in the crowd.

2:22pm

Allen said he saw close to him some flashing lights which he thought were fire crackers.

Since his arrest Allen said he has had his season ticket suspended. He said he is "very upset" because he is a "passionate" fan.

2:21pm

He said he passed it to Mr Hewes and the stewards came and Hewes dropped it and Hewes said it wasn't his.

2:20pm

He picked it up because he felt it was safest way of getting smoke out of his and others faces.

2:15pm

He says he felt ecstasy when Chelsea scored through Torres in the 60th minute. He was cheering then felt a "burning sensation" and saw a cylinder on floor with smoke coming out of it.

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2:14pm

They arrive at Yates and had three to four pints and lunch.

Mr Allen said he underwent a full body search on entering the stadium before the game and nothing "untoward" was found.

2:14pm

Allen says he is season ticket holder and has gone to matches since age 10.

He arrived in Southampton on a train with Mr Hewes and two brothers.

2:03pm

The trial restarts, with Kieran Allen in the dock giving evidence.

12:53pm

The trial has been adjourned for lunch.

12:52pm

It is claimed the second CCTV clip shows someone, allegedly Mr Allen, pass the flare along to his right.

12:51pm

The defence solicitor says that white lights seen on the video a a few rows back from the flare are fire crackers being set off by someone else.

12:50pm

The court is then shown another angle of CCTV shown with the flare being lit.

12:50pm

CCTV is shown to the court of the  Chelsea fans celebrating in the away end of the stadium and a blue flare being lit and steward moving in.

The CCTV shows a man, who the prosecution says is Hewes holding the flare and another man they claim is Allen close to him. Two stewards move in.

12:47pm

The court hears a statement from a steward, which is read out, saying they recall seeing a man holding a flare and passing it to another male.

The steward says he approached the first man who claimed it had been thrown.

12:47pm

At 4.20pm police arrive. A policeman says he arrived after stewards having trouble getting supporters to be removed.

Mr Hewes arrested. Hewes was polite but appeared intoxicated and speech slurred.

12:41pm

Prosecutors claim a blue flare was lit after Chelsea scored a goal, prompting celebrations from the travelling fans.

12:27pm

Kieran Allen, 24, of Barmouth Road, London, London, and Russell Huwes, 26, of Stroud Road, London have both reiterated their not guilty pleas.

12:26pm

The trial finally got underway at 12.25pm and both defendents spoke to confirm their names.

11:27am

The trial has been moved to Court 2. Prosecutor is now Owen Holloway.

It is expected to be heard in around 30 minutes.

10:38am

The match was a Premier League fixture and Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners, with second half goals from Fernando Torres, Oscar and Willian.

10:25am

Both pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing at Southampton Crown Court.

David Orman is prosecuting, while Coles Henry is defending.

10:25am

The trial is in Court 6.

Kieran Allen, 24, of Barmouth Road, London, London, and Russell Huwes, 26, of Stroud Road, London, are charged with possessing a firework in a designated sports ground during Saints v Chelsea on New Year's Day.

10:24am

Daily Echo reporter Maxwell Kusi-Obodum has arrived at Southampton Magistrates Court for trial of two Chelsea fans accused of having a flare at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton.

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