Attacked journalist Owen Jones ‘subject of far-right abuse’

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Owen Jones was attacked during a night out to celebrate his birthday

Guardian columnist Owen Jones has been the subject of an “unrelenting” campaign of abuse by far-right sympathisers, a court has heard.

Mr Jones, 35, made the comments during a hearing of a man accused of launching a homophobic attack on him at the Lexington pub in Islington last year.

James Healy, 40, allegedly targeted Mr Jones because of his media profile as a left-wing and LGBQT rights activist.

He admits the attack but denies it was motivated by Mr Jones’s sexuality.

The defendant said he did not know who Mr Jones was, claiming he assaulted him because he barged him inside the north London pub, spilling his drink, and did not apologise.

Mr Jones suffered cuts and swelling to his back and head and bruises all down his body in the assault which happened on his birthday night out on 17 August.

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Mr Jones told the court some people see him as a “hate figure”

In his evidence at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Mr Jones said: “I’m…

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