Aston Villa fans convicted after incident at Newcastle United match
Three year banning orders have been handed down to two Aston Villa fans after they were arrested at St James Park last month.
Newcastle won the game 2-0 but during the game the two visiting supporters were plucked from the crowd and arrested.
The 18 and 19 year olds were seen to be responsible for setting off a flare inside the away end at St James Park and now it has ended up with a court appearance and fines, along with the banning orders.
The court was told that 19 year old Connor Conway took the flare into the stadium and was then seen passing it to 18 year old James Carter, who then threw it.
The two fans from Birmingham were handed £220 fines each by Newcastle Magistrates as well as the three year football banning orders.
Holly Common prosecuting:
“Police attended the Milburn Stand following a report a male had been seen to discharge a flare.
“On arrival, the officer was informed there were two people involved and he entered the stands and the defendant Carter was identified for igniting the flare.
“He was arrested, to which he replied “Yes, fair enough”.”
“He [Conway] was taken to the bar area to be spoken to. He was told he was seen to pass the flare to another male and he was arrested.
“He replied “Yes, I was stupid”.”
As well as the fines and banning orders, there were also £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge to pay.
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