Liam Gallagher's son Gene, 19, and model friend deny 'racist attack' on Tesco worker, court hears 

Liam Gallagher’s son Gene, 19, and model friend deny ‘racist attack’ on Tesco Express worker during ‘late-night fight’ also involving Ringo Starr’s grandson, court hears

  • Gene Appleton Gallagher and Sonny Starkey, both 19, were arrested May 17 2019
  • They are accused of assaulting Tesco Express workers in Hampstead, London
  • Gene is the son of Liam Gallagher and Sonny is the grandson of Ringo Starr

Liam Gallagher’s youngest son and Ringo Starr’s grandson are facing trial for allegedly attacking Tesco workers as they tried to buy drink in a shop near their Hampstead homes.

Gene Appleton Gallagher and Sonny Starkey, both 19, were arrested after a late-night fracas at a Tesco Express in Hampstead, north London on May 17 last year.

The pair were out with 20-year-old model Noah Ponte at a nearby pub when they entered the store at midnight looking for more alcohol.

Gallagher and Starkey are accused of ‘windmilling’ down the aisle at a shopkeeper who was trying to stop them leaving.

Gene Appleton Gallagher (left) and Sonny Starkey (right), both 19, were arrested after a late-night fracas at a Tesco Express in Hampstead, north London on May 17 last year

The trio all denied charges of affray, while Gallagher and Ponte also face a charge of racially aggravated assault.

Starkey and Pontey also denied assault by beating shopkeeper Hiran Rajput.

Gallagher and Starkey further denied assaulting Shium Patel by beating in the same incident.

Ponte alone denied stealing a can of alcohol from Tesco.

Their trial has been set for 18 January next year at Wood Green Crown Court.

Sonny’s dad Jason, 49 – the youngest son of Beatles drummer Ringo, 79, was in court to hear the case.

Alexander Agbamu, prosecuting, said: ‘Factually it’s a very straightforward case, much of the incident was captured on CCTV, that which isn’t is described by eyewitnesses, by those who are described as the alleged victims.’

Ponte, a model signed to IMG, is accused of racially abusing shopkeeper Shium Patel after he was told he couldn’t buy a can of beer at midnight, by saying: ‘You bloody Indians. Go back to where you came from. You’re not wanted here.’

Gallagher, Starkey and Ponte, all of Hampstead, all denied affray.

Noah Ponte  at WoodGreen Magistrates Court. Mr Ponte along with Mr Starkey along with Gene Gallagher are accused of affray at Tesco Express in Hampstead

Noah Ponte  at WoodGreen Magistrates Court. Mr Ponte along with Mr Starkey along with Gene Gallagher are accused of affray at Tesco Express in Hampstead

Gallagher further denied racially aggravated assault by beating. The charge alleges that he ‘assaulted by beating Hiran Rajput and at the time of doing so, or immediately before doing so, or after doing so, demonstrated towards Hiran Rajput hostility based on his membership or presumed membership of a particular racial group, namely Indian and was wholly or partly motivated to do so by hostility towards members of a particular racial group, namely Indian, based on his membership of such racial group’.

Ponte and Starkey further denied assault by beating shopkeeper Hiran Rajput.

Starkey denied assaulting Shium Patel by beating.

Ponte denied theft and racially aggravated assault by beating.

The second charge against him alleges he ‘assaulted by beating Shium Patel and at the time of doing so, or immediately before doing so, or after doing so, demonstrated towards Shium Patel hostility based on his membership or presumed membership of a particular racial group, namely Indian and was wholly or partly motivated to do so by hostility towards members of a particular racial group, namely, Indian based on his membership of such racial group’.

They were all granted unconditional bail ahead of a provisional trial date of 18 January, to be confirmed at a case management hearing on 17 December.

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