Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce found guilty of assault

Eric Joyce has been found guilty of two assault charges
Eric Joyce has been found guilty of two assault charges

Falkirk’s former MP Eric Joyce has been warned he could face jail after being found guilty of assaulting two teenage boys.

However, the 54-year-old said he would “possibly” appeal the sentence to clear his name.

Today, he remained motionless in the dock at Westminster Magistrates Court as he was found guilty of grabbing one of the boys by the neck, throwing him to the floor and pinning him down for several minutes with his knees on his chest while elbowing the other boy in the chest winding him.

Joyce claimed he had used reasonable force to make a citizen’s arrest but this was rejected.

District Judge John Zani said: “I have heard the evidence from both sides and we have had the opportunity to review the CCTV footage, and I do not accept your evidence that the both ran at or towards you.

“In my view you underplayed violence that you meted on these young men.

“This was a violent incident for both of these young men, both 14 at the time of the offences.

“I reject the defence in relating to these matters and I have no doubt you are guilty of both of these offences.”

The attack on the boys on October 17, 2014 took place in a Camden corner shop.

Joyce has previous convictions, which includes common assault on four people in the House of Commons bar in 2012 and a breach of the peace at Edinburgh Airport in 2014.

The judge added: “In view of your previous convictions, imprisonment will be considered.”

Joyce will next appear in the same court on May 27, where he is due to be sentenced.

Speaking outside the courtroom this evening, he did not rule out an appeal and said: “Possibly, but possibly not.”