Convicted killer and drug dealers among thugs jailed after brawl at MMA fight

A convicted killer, drug dealers and gun minder were among six sadistic thugs jailed over a bloody brawl at a boxing and MMA event.

The yobs stormed the ring and brawled with metal poles and chairs at the Black-E event in Liverpool on Sunday March 4 last year.

Liverpool Echo now reports one lowlife Ryan Gildea, who was jailed for 15 months on Friday for affray, is a convicted killer.

He once held a man while his accomplice stabbed him to death, it has emerged.

Gildea was caged for five years for manslaughter after care worker Paul Connelly was murdered in Anfield, Liverpool, in 2002.

He was later locked up for three years for robbery in 2011, then for 12 months in 2015 for burglary and theft.

The drug addict, who also has a history of public disorder and shoplifting, now struggles to walk following a stabbing.

Gerald Baxter, defending, said: “He showed me a scar on his leg. It was a quite horrible scar, the full length of his lower leg.

“He told me he has recently been stabbed a number of times. Twenty, he said. That may be a reflection of his lifestyle.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard how Gerard Gilboy, 30, hurled a chair in the fight at the boxing arena in the city centre. He was sentenced to 12 and a half months for affray.

Gilboy started offending at 14 and was jailed at 18, and then again at 19, for repeatedly dealing heroin.

The yob was jailed for three years in 2007 for affray and harassment, after his gang made the life of a young mum a living hell.

Gilboy and two thugs threatened to cut off her baby’s head if she didn’t withdraw complaints made to the police.

They forced their way into her home, stole her money, threw eggs and smeared ice cream on her house and smashed her car windows.

In the carnage at the MMA event, Anthony Addison, 28, struck Travis Muat, 28, with a metal post. Muat returned the favour in the bloody fracaas.

Ian Lea, 53, repeatedly kicked Addison while he was out cold.

Muat was locked up for 12 and a half months after admitting affray on Friday.

It has now emerged Muat – described by his barrister as “one of the best tattoo artists in the North West of England" – dealt drugs from the age of 16.

He was locked up for seven years at the age of 17, after he was caught with a handgun, while selling yet more Class A drugs.

As recently as September 2015 he was jailed for 20 weeks for two counts of battery, plus harassment.

And Lea, whose son was participating in the boxing tie, was jailed for 20 months while his son was sentenced to ten months.

Lea snr’s criminal record began in 1978, when he was just 13-years-old. He has repeatedly been jailed for violence.

The grandfather’s convictions include assault causing actual bodily harm, possessing weapons and attacking police officers.

Ben Morris, defending, said he became an alcoholic after suffering a serious criminal injury, which left him in constant pain.

Ian Lea jnr had just one previous conviction, for failing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis.

Lloyd Morgan, defending, said: “He is ashamed of his involvement in what was clearly a nasty and frightening outbreak of graphic violence.

“He got involved initially out of fear for the safety of his family relatives. He accepts that he went too far.”

Addison was jailed for seven and a half months. He also only had one item on his record, a conviction for a driving offence.

John Rowan, defending, said he picked up a metal barrier post and wielded it for five seconds in all.

He said: “It was perhaps five seconds that will remain with this defendant for many years to come.”

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