'Jonnie Marbles' Handed Six Week Sentence For Murdoch Pie Throwing
The protestor who splatted News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch with a "pie" made of shaving foam has been sentenced to six weeks in jail.
Jonathan May-Bowles, who goes by the stage name of "Jonnie Marbles", admitted assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress at a court hearing in London.
Passing sentence, judge Daphne Williams condemned May-Bowles actions, telling him he had disrupted an event which was of "huge importance" to many people. "This is a parliamentary process, which as you know conducts itself with dignity and in a civilised fashion," she said.
"Everybody else in the room expected that, with one exception - you.
You attended those proceedings with only one intention, to disrupt them."
Just hours before appearing in court, May-Bowles tweeted:
Sentencing today. I'm sure my punishment will be every bit as fair and proportionate as the one Murdoch received. Oh, hang on...
The self-proclaimed comedian rushed from the public gallery as Murdoch gave evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee about the phone-hacking scandal on July 19th.
He was tackled by a group of people including Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng who leapt up to defend her 80-year-old husband and slapped May-Bowles on the head.
May-Bowles was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £250 costs.