Published: 12:00, 19 August 2016
A right wing supporter – associated with nationalist protest group North West Infidels – has made a prison cell apology to the people of Dover!
Shaun Jones, who is serving a four-year jail term for biting off a man’s earat a wedding, also promised a judge he intends to change his ways.
The 36-year-old appeared by prison video link after admitting violent disorder during the riots in Dover in January.
He refused to have a barrister and mitigated for himself, telling Judge Adele Williams: “I would like to apologise to the people of Dover, Kent. My behaviour was unacceptable.
“Violent demonstrations are not the way forward...peaceful demonstrations are. I was in the wrong and I’m sorry."
Prosecutor Alex Rooke told Canterbury Crown Court how Jones travelled from his home in Eccles near Manchester to take part in the demonstrations.
He was seen carrying an English flag when he confronted police officers near Effingham Crescent in Dover shouting: “Come on then!”
Jones was told by officers to get back but raised the flag and told an officer to “f*** off” – before later being seen on CCTV throwing a piece of wood a left-wing supporters.
Mr Rooke said his image was sent to police forces across the UK and was identified by Met officers in London.
Three months later the far-right thug - who ran a successful removals business -bit off a man’s ear after being confronted for gate-crashing an 18th birthday party buffet and helping himself to food.
A Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing was told he turned violent after he and his twin brother were told they couldn’t have any more sandwiches.
Now Jones has told Judge Williams he has signed up for courses in prison to address his violent behaviour.
He said: “I know you have heard this before but I want to address my behaviour. I don’t want to come back to court again...but time will tell.
“I am 36, been married for 15 years and had a business and I risk losing the lot unless I change my ways. I want to do this for myself.”
He added his life had been “on a downward spiral for the past few years” andadded: “To be honest I am only starting to realise that my jail sentences are getting longer and longer..it is time for me to stop.”
Judge Williams gave him an 18-month sentence and ordered it to be served consecutively with his present jail term.
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