February 2021

Paedophile knocked out man who mocked him on Leeds nightclub’s dancefloor

A paedophile knocked a man out for mocking him on the dancefloor of a Leeds nightclub.

Kane Hutchison, a former football coach who is originally from Gateshead, punched the man to the floor in Tunnel on Lower Briggate

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim and his group of friends had made remarks about Hutchison’s previous convictions.

Hutchison’s pal Jason Burd then attacked the victim and his friend after they were all kicked out of the nightclub.

Hutchison, 31, and Burd, 28, were handed suspended sentences yesterday (Wednesday) after pleading guilty to a number of offences.

Both groups were kicked out of the club but there was another confrontation outside.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Hutchison’s friend Jason Burd attacking the first victim and his friend and Hutchison joining in.

The first victim suffered bruising to both eyes and his nose and a cut to his head and the second victim suffered a fracture to the middle finger on his right hand.

The court was told Hutchison later apologised to the victims in person and via text and offered to pay them compensation.

In statements, the victims described being afraid to leave their homes after the incident.

Prosecutor Andrea Parnham said the incident happened as two groups of friends danced near each other in the nightclub in the early hours of Christmas Eve in 2019.

Hutchison was captured on CCTV footage suddenly throwing punches at a man, who later said he only remembered ‘waking up on the dancefloor’.

Hutchison, of Savoy Court, Bradford Road, Pudsey, Leeds, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

He has 13 previous convictions, most of which are for breaches of football banning orders.

He also has previous convictions for sexual offences, including for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy and inciting other underage boys into sexual activity.

The former football coach, nicknamed the ‘Beast of Bensham’, used his victims’ love of football to groom them

Hutchison was handed a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 15 days of rehabiliation activity and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Update: Released into the Middlesbrough area

April 2015

Paedophile who ‘pretended to be football agent to impress young boys’ claims he was set up in prison letter


Paedophile and serial sex offender Kane Hutchison’s lack of remorse has been exposed in a letter written from his prison cell.

The football coach, 25, from Gateshead, sent a hand-written note to a friend after his conviction for abusing a young boy, in which he claims to have been ‘set-up’, theChronicle reports.

Hutchison was jailed for three years last August for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy after offering to take him to watch a football match.

And a judge at Newcastle Crown Court has now handed him another four-year sentence for inciting two teenage boys to engage in sexual activity on the internet.

Jailing him for four years for the latest offences, Judge John Evans said: “You secured their interest in making contact with you by cultivating their interest in football and your interest in football.

“Reading the reports, it’s evident you still are in some difficulty coming to terms with not only your sexuality, which you revealed at the trial, but more particularly in relation to what is undoubtedly an unhealthy interest in adolescent boys.

“It may be you are now being asked to address issues which until now you had been unwilling to address. Those are matters which need to be addressed or you are going to find yourself coming back before the courts repeatedly in future.”

Following his conviction last year he wrote the letter in which he claims his links to football violence were exaggerated in court and that he still wanted to clear his name.

The letter, written in neat block capitals and sent from HMP Durham, says: “Alreet mate, only just plucked-up the courage to write a letter to one of my mates. A trust you so it was a no brainer to start off with you.


“I’m not going to go in to too much detail over letter but I have been well and truly set-up. From 2012 they’ve been trying to get me banged up. Forget whatever you have read online. You know what people are like for exaggerating.”

Hutchison, formerly of Field House Road, Gateshead, also suggests he did not get a fair trial, in August, in the letter.

He continues: “The football intelligence stood-up in court and made me out to be a proper violent maniac. We spent a full day talking about my football offences that had nowt to do with the case, except it made me look bad.”

Hutchison, who signs the letter ‘Kaneo’ then goes on to chat about Gateshead FC and how he is finding life in prison.

He writes: “The Heed’s doing belter and I’m flying the flag in here. There’s some sound lads in here. Couple of Hoolys, good lads. they are. I’m hanging in there and holding my head high.

“My conscience is clear bro!”

Last month associates of Hutchison revealed how the fake football hooligan would exaggerate links to Tyneside’s notorious soccer ‘firms’ to groom youngsters.

Hutchison would falsely claim to be associated with the Newcastle Gremlins – a football hooligan gang – to either impress or intimidate his vulnerable potential victims, they said.

And the former football coach would also brag of links with agents and offer youngsters the hope of a football career to lure them under his control.

A former friend said: “He said he was a football hooligan to groom and intimidate people when he never was. He used the Gremlins name to impress some young people and to threaten others.

“It worked both ways. But he was never a member of the Gremlins.”

Hutchison was handed a three-year football banning order after running on to the pitch during a 2011 game between Darlington and Newcastle United.

And the man believes he used this as a badge of honour to attract youngsters.

“All he was convicted of was running on a football pitch,” he said. “But he used that banning order to impress young lads.”

“He was using a lot of different things. He plied kids with drink, and he was saying he was an agent and they would get football careers.

“He was also saying he was doing football injury courses and he wanted to practise massages.”

March 2015

Gateshead sex offender bragged of false hooligan links in order to groom boys

Behind the bravado and banter, fake football hooligan Kane Hutchison was hiding a dark secret.

The 24-year-old exaggerated links to Tyneside’s notorious soccer ‘firms’ to groom youngsters and fulfil his sick sexual fantasies

Hutchison would falsely claim to be associated with the Newcastle Gremlins to either impress or intimidate his vulnerable potential victims.

And the former football coach would also brag of links with agents and offer youngsters the hope of a soccer career to lure them under his control.

But now Hutchison has been exposed as a predatory paedophile after a court lifted reporting restrictions over his crimes.

Hutchison was jailed for three years last August for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy after offering to take him to watch a football match.

Now he has been found guilty of inciting two teenage boys to engage in sexual activity on the internet, abusing his position for his own gratification.

Hutchison had played for a local amateur team and had coached youngsters there.

He said: “He played for a local team to a reasonable standard in local leagues and has coached children from that club as well.

“He has offered children private coaching sessions at his home address.”

The sexual assaults happened in April last year when he invited a youngster to attend an away match between Gateshead and Macclesfield.

Hutchison, who was banned from going to football matches after taking part in a pitch invasion in 2011, invited the boy to stay over at his home, saying they needed an early start.

He told the boy they would have to share a bed and soon announced it was bed time. Within minutes he began molesting the terrified youngster in the bed, the court heard.

The boy later reported to his mother what had happened and Hutchison was arrested within hours when police found him hiding in the loft.

Hutchison denied two counts of sexual assault but was found guilty after a trial. As well as the three years prison sentence he was told to sign the sex offender register indefinitely and was made subject to a ten-year sexual offences prevention order.

Hutchison, formerly of Field House Road, Gateshead, has now also been found guilty of inciting two other boys on the internet when they were just 13 and 14.

The first victim knew Hutchison played for a football club in Gateshead and was looking into joining the same club.

Hutchison made contact with the boy on Facebook, where he was advertising for players, and they began to communicate.

Prosecutor Alec Burns said: “From the defendant’s point of view the communication became more and more sexual.

“He told him he could earn money making pornographic films, he said £350 an hour.

“He asked (the boy) to send pictures of himself.”

The boy told police Hutchison had communicated with him on ‘face tag’ and the pervert appeared on his computer screen via a webcam committing a sex act on himself.

He encouraged the victim to do the same and made him swap intimate pictures.

Hutchison also tried to meet the youngster in a car park, the court heard.

The offences started in the summer of 2013 and lasted until March last year.

It came to light last August when the boy’s family checked his Facebook account and saw the messages from Hutchison.

He had targeted another boy, aged 14, in a similar way between April and August last year.

Hutchison lied about his age and started asking the youngster to meet him, offering him £20 to do so.

He also sent him intimate pictures of himself on Facebook and Snapchat and encouraged him to do the same.

It came to light when the boy’s mother read about a previous court appearance by Hutchison and recognised him as one of her son’s Facebook friends.

Sentence was adjourned on the latest convictions until next month.

Judge John Evans told him: “Having been convicted of these offences I’m going to adjourn sentence now for a pre-sentence report to address the issue of dangerousness.

“You know only a custodial sentence can follow in relation to these matters.”

The trial heard Hutchison had been “struggling with his sexuality” at the time and has been on a sex offender programme in prison.