Monday, January 13, 2003
Kick makes Everest oldest convicted soccer hooligan
LONDON -- A 56-year-old Millwall fan became Britain's oldest
convicted soccer hooligan Monday when he was jailed for five years
for kicking a police horse.
Raymond Everest, a former match steward at the club, was caught
laughing on closed circuit TV cameras after attacking a horse
following Millwall's game against Birmingham City on May 2.
Hundreds of fans rioted outside the New Den Stadium after
Millwall lost 2-1 in the division one semifinal playoffs. In all,
157 police officers and 26 police horses were hurt.
Prosecutor Tom Wilkins told a jury at Woolwich Crown Court that
Everest took part in the rampage, running at police lines and
encouraging other thugs to build a barricade to stop charging
Wilkins said the horse was retreating when Everest launched a
kung-fu-style kick from behind, causing the animal to lurch forward
Defense lawyer Simon Stirling said Everest had supported
Millwall since the age of 3 but this was his first offense relating
to soccer hooliganism.
Judge Philip Statman told Everest: "Riot is the gravest of all
public order offenses. ... You are the oldest of all those
arrested. You have shown from start to finish no remorse.
"You have bought shame on your family and on the club you
purport to support. It is difficult to imagine a worse example of
behavior by a man in his mid-50s than that you displayed on that
As well as jailing Everest for five years, the judge banned him
from all soccer stadiums in England and Wales for the next eight