Man faces prison for cage fighter attack in Facebook row over Foster’s lager

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Luke Self was convicted of the assault after a trial at Southampton Crown Court

A HYTHE man faces prison for attacking a cage fighter after a social media spat over Foster’s lager.

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Luke Self (25), of Elm Crescent, was convicted by a jury of grievous bodily harm following a trial at Southampton Crown Court.

The assault happened in Fordingbridge in January 2019 after messages were posted on Facebook involving the defendant and victim about Foster’s lager.

The court was told the victim, Caidan Emsley, had said in a statement he may have to give up his fledgling combat career because of the attack.

Self was due to be sentenced for the assault at the court on Friday, but Judge Richard Onslow said he wanted clarification about whether Emsley had been forced to give up cage fighting as a profession for good.

Because of his desire to be “fair” to both the victim and defendant, he said he had to delay handing down a punishment to get more information.

Otherwise, the judge added, he would effectively be “sentencing in the dark”.

Judge Onslow rejected arguments from defence barrister Tom Hoarder to determine the retribution there and then because the potential punishment was “weighing heavily” on the defendant and his family.

Judge Onslow asked the prosecutor, John Upton, to get an updated independent assessment of Mr Emsley’s injuries prior to sentencing, which he listed for 20th November at Portsmouth Crown Court.

“Do not be under any illusions as to what the sentence may be,” Judge Onslow told Self.

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