Liam Gallagher’s son Gene, 18, and the 18-year-old grandson of Beatle Ringo Starr in court


Liam Gallagher’s son and Ringo Starr’s grandson have denied affray after being accused of a late-night fight in a Tesco.

Gene Gallagher, Sonny Starkey, both 18, were joined by IMG model Noah Ponte in pleading not guilty to the alleged scrap in Tesco Express on Heath Street, Hampstead, north London.

Gallagher and Starkey were described as ‘windmilling’ down the aisle at a shopkeeper trying to stop them leaving, Highbury Corner Magistrates were told.

Their friend Ponte racially abused the shopkeeper after he could not buy a can of beer at midnight – as it was after 11pm – and tried to walk out of the store without paying, the court heard.

Gene Gallagher (pictured), Sonny Starkey, both 18, were joined by IMG model Noah Ponte in pleading not guilty to the alleged scrap in Tesco Express on Heath Street, Hampstead, north London

Sonny Starkey outside the court this morning

Gene Gallagher (left), Sonny Starkey (right), both 18, were joined by IMG model Noah Ponte in pleading not guilty to the alleged scrap in Tesco Express on Heath Street, Hampstead, north London

Ponte (pictured) racially abused the shopkeeper after he could not buy a can of beer at midnight - as it was after 11pm - and tried to walk out of the store without paying, the court heard

Ponte (pictured) racially abused the shopkeeper after he could not buy a can of beer at midnight – as it was after 11pm – and tried to walk out of the store without paying, the court heard

The incident allegedly unfolded at the Tesco Express store on Heath Street in Hampstead, north London (pictured)

The incident allegedly unfolded at the Tesco Express store on Heath Street in Hampstead, north London (pictured)

All three are charged with affray, using or threatening unlawful violence towards another, with 19-year-old Ponte also charged with racially aggravated common assault.

He is accused of telling a worker: ‘You bloody Indians. Go back to where you came from. You’re not wanted here.’

Prosecutor Adeal Mahmood (CORR) at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court said: ‘On Friday 17 May at around midnight police received a call from Tesco Express with a report that a group of males were fighting with staff at the location.

‘On arrival there was a large group congregating outside and inside the store they had detained Mr Starkey and Mr Gallagher.

‘Mr Ponte was outside the pub opposite the store. On seeing police, Mr Ponte walked away heading towards Hampstead underground station. 

Gene is pictured drinking coffee outside the court

He is the son of the former Oasis frontman and All Saints star Nicole Appleton

Gene, who is the son of the former Oasis frontman and All Saints star Nicole Appleton, is pictured drinking coffee outside the court

Gallagher (pictured with record producer Liam Howlett outside court) and Starkey were described as 'windmilling' down the aisle at a shopkeeper trying to stop them leaving, Highbury Corner Magistrates were told

Gallagher (pictured with record producer Liam Howlett outside court) and Starkey were described as ‘windmilling’ down the aisle at a shopkeeper trying to stop them leaving, Highbury Corner Magistrates were told

All three are charged with affray, using or threatening unlawful violence towards another, with 19-year-old Ponte also charged with racially aggravated common assault. Picturewd: Gallagher and Starkey

Ponte is pictured leaving court

All three (far left, Gallagher, left, Starkey, and right, Ponte) are charged with affray, using or threatening unlawful violence towards another, with 19-year-old Ponte also charged with racially aggravated common assault

‘All of the suspects were detained by officers and identified as being part of the fight.

‘On speaking with the staff they confirmed that they had been inside the store and one of them tried to purchase a can of alcohol but it wouldn’t scan because Tesco do not sell alcohol after 11pm.

‘When challenged, Mr Ponte attempted to leave the store with the alcohol. When staff intervened, they started to fight with the staff causing cuts on the member of staff.

The teenage trio, who wore suits, only spoke to give their addresses, dates of birth and said their nationality is English. Pictured left is Ponte

Pictured: Record producer Liam Howlett who attended the hearing today

The teenage trio, who wore suits, only spoke to give their addresses, dates of birth and said their nationality is English. Pictured left is Ponte, while right is record producer Liam Howlett who attended the hearing today

‘Mr Shium Patel did not have any lasting injuries.

‘Mr Patel states Mr Ponte attacked him and said to him, ‘You bloody Indians. Go back to where you came from. You’re not wanted here.’

‘CCTV captures Mr Starkey and Mr Gallagher fighting windmilling down the store aisle.’

Gallagher, 18 and Starkey, 19 today, as well as Ponte, all elected for their trial to take place at Crown Court.

Magistrate chair Hilary Arnold said: ‘Your next appearance is at Wood Green on 9 March in the morning. You need to be no later than 9.30am for a 10am start.

Gallagher (pictured right, with his family), 18 and Starkey, 19 today, as well as Ponte, all elected for their trial to take place at Crown Court

Gallagher (pictured right, with his family), 18 and Starkey, 19 today, as well as Ponte, all elected for their trial to take place at Crown Court

‘If you were late or didn’t turn up, you could be committing a separate offence.’

Starkey was supported in court by drummer and road manager father Jason, while Liam Gallagher did not attend.

Gene is the son of the former Oasis frontman and All Saints star Nicole Appleton.

The teenage trio, who wore suits, only spoke to give their addresses, dates of birth and said their nationality is English.



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