Dennis McNulty, a GBM union activist, has been jailed for nine years after he assaulted a Jewish barrister in an antisemitic attack and saying: “It’s always you f***ing people, you’re always the problem.”
Mr McNulty and Tim Ludbrook became embroiled in a heated political discussion in the King William IV pub in Hampstead in 2018. The debate then drifted into the tensions between Israel and Gaza, leading Mr Ludbrook to call Mr McNulty a “Hamas-loving b*****d.”
It was then revealed by Mr Ludbrook that he was Jewish, which apparently angered Mr McNulty even further.
Mr Ludbrook said: “He [McNulty] was swearing about the Tory government and intended to try and inflame the situation with his language and said: ‘You can’t support those f***ing c***s’.
“He must have thought I was supporting them because I am a Conservative and I told him: ‘Yes, I am Jewish and a supporter of Israel.’
“It was like lighting a blue touch paper and he said: ‘It’s always you f***ing people, you’re always the problem.’
“He said he was going to show what kind of f***ing person I was on social media and started recording with his phone.
“The really aggressive stuff started when he goaded me into revealing my ethnicity. He’s obviously got some view about Jews.”
Mr McNulty was ejected from the pub, but found Mr Ludbrook on the bench outside, upon which he attacked him, causing a broken nose and a torn retina.
“My nose was broken in two places and I was very lucky not to lose the sight in one eye,” Mr Ludbrook added.
“I will forever see him in that moment for the rest of my life. It is as clear as day, seared on my memory.
“There he was, bearing down at me and moments later he was striking me around the head from both sides and I don’t recall anything else until I came around.”
According to Judge John Dennis who spoke at Isleworth Crown Court, Mr Ludbrook required emergency surgery in order to save his eye.
Judge Dennis told McNulty: “During the discussion in the pub you became quite irate on the subject of Hamas and Mr Ludbrook being Jewish.
“You were affected by what was said and your goading of Mr Ludbrook was sufficient for him to lose his temper and he jumped up and had to be restrained and you had to be restrained. There was a religious background to this and you were provoked.”
However, Judge Dennis also added: “On the positive side I treat you as a man of good character and you come to the court as a relatively elderly defendant, who can say they have spent most of their life out of trouble. I put in your favour your record of good public works as a school keeper and forty years of work in the union, helping the weak and vulnerable.”
Mr McNulty will have to serve at least six out of his nine year sentence before he is considered for parole.
Recently, a former senior official from the GMB union allegedly referred to victims of antisemitism as “rich b****** Jews” in an appalling speech, sources claim.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews almost four times more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.
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