A pro-Palestinian trade unionist has been convicted of part in a ‘revenge attack’ at a pub that left a Jewish Tory lawyer with a broken nose and a torn retina.
Former school caretaker and artist Dennis McNulty, 60, beat 63-year-old intellectual property rights specialist Tim Ludbrook, who knocked him unconscious at King William IV Pub, Hampstead in 2018.
The pair had clashed verbally over their opposing political views, leading to McNulty being described by the lawyer as a ‘Hamas-loving b ***** d’.
Today, a jury found the father of three McNutly guilty of deliberately causing serious bodily harm in court.
Former school caretaker and local artist Dennis McNulty (pictured), 60, was jailed today after repeatedly beating 63-year-old intellectual property rights specialist Tim Ludbrook
McNulty and Mr Ludbrook met on August 3, 2018 at the busy King William IV pub on Hampstead High Street – where the couple exchanged blows over their polarized political views.
The attorney admits that he walked up to McNutly in the pub: “He knew he was driving me, a Tory attorney, to react badly.
‘He liked that, but it is unbearable that your racially charged behavior is being done.
“On that occasion I let it prevail.”
GMB union activist McNulty was turned away by pub staff, but assaulted Mr. Ludbrook outside on nearby Heath Street while the lawyer sat on a bench.
“My nose was broken in two places and I was lucky not to lose sight in one eye,” added the lawyer.
‘I’ll see him forever at that moment for the rest of my life. It’s as clear as a day, etched in my memory.
“There he was, landing on me and a moment later he slapped me on both sides and I don’t remember anything else until I came to. ‘
The attorney admits calling McNulty a ‘Hamas-loving b ***** d’ in the pub, but insists this was after an evening of harassment by the defendant.
There was a heated discussion about the Gaza Strip and Israeli treatment of Palestinians, with McNulty’s mood rising when the lawyer revealed he was Jewish.
The pair verbally clashed in the busy King William IV pub in Hampstead High Street on August 3, 2018, over their opposing political views. Pictured, 63-year-old intellectual property rights specialist Tim Ludbrook
“He was introduced to me as a staunch member of the Labor Party and I am known to be on the other end of the political spectrum,” said Mr Ludbrook.
“He told me he was a high-ranking official in a union and I told him if I went on one of his marches, he would have to come on one of mine for Jacob Rees-Mogg.”
Judge John Dennis spoke at Isleworth Crown Court today and told McNulty that he was previously considered a “man of not only good character, but one that benefited a great number of individuals.”
The judge continued: “Something happened that night that made you very unhappy.
After you were thrown out of the pub, you got the help of your sons and another person and carried out a revenge attack that resulted in very serious injuries to Mr. Ludbrook.
“He suffered a badly broken nose and a torn retina that required emergency surgery to save the eye.”
The attorney admits calling McNulty a ‘Hamas-loving b ***** d’, in the pub (pictured), but insists this was after an evening of harassment by the defendant.
Mr. Ludbrook added: “He swore at the Tory government and planned to try to stir up the situation with his language and said,” You can’t support those bastards. “
‘He must have thought I was supporting them because I’m a conservative and I said to him,’ Yes, I’m Jewish and a supporter of Israel. ‘
‘It was like you lit a blue touch paper and he said,’ It’s always you f *** ing people, you’re always the problem. ‘
He said he would show what kind of goddamn person I was on social media and started recording with his phone.
The really aggressive things started when he pushed me to reveal my ethnicity. He clearly has an opinion about Jews. ‘
McNulty always denied hitting the complainant in three separate trials, claiming that Mr. Ludbrook would sarcastically greet him with, “Power to the people,” but the lawyer denied this.
He also denied McNulty’s claim that he said, ‘We must get rid of the Palestinians. I want gas chambers built to get rid of them all. ‘
Judge Dennis said to McNulty, “During the discussion in the pub, you got quite enraged that Hamas and Mr. Ludbrook are Jewish.
“You were influenced by what was said and your irritation from Mr. Ludbrook was enough to make him lose his temper and he jumped up and had to be stopped and you had to be stopped.
“This had a religious background and you were provoked.”
In a previous lawsuit, McNulty was acquitted of a charge of religiously aggravated threatening behavior.
“On the bright side, I treat you as a man of good character and you come to court as a relatively older defendant, who can say that they have spent most of their lives without problems,” added the judge.
“I plead in your favor for your track record of good public works as a school keeper and 40 years of union work to help the weak and vulnerable.”
McNulty’s attorney James Partridge told the court that he also has a daughter, Michelle, 39, and began his union activity while employed as a printer and fought the move from Fleet Street to Wapping in the 1980s.
He has assisted people with claims against their employers based on gender and racial discrimination. “He says he has rebelled against racism all his life,” said the lawyer.
McNulty will serve two-thirds of the sentence, six years, before qualifying for parole.