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Daphne Wickham - jailed May-Bowles, let off Smellie

Dangerous subversive | 02.08.2011 15:38 | Policing

THE woman who today jailed pie thrower May-Bowles is the same one who let off Sgt Delroy Smellie last year. In her mind, it is clearly much more serious to attack someone with foam than with a police baton.

Protester jailed for throwing foam pie at Rupert Murdoch

The protester who threw a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch has been jailed for six weeks.

Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, pleaded guilty last week to assaulting the 80-year-old media tycoon as he gave evidence to the House of Commons culture committee about the phone hacking scandal.

May-Bowles, also known by his comedy stage name "Jonnie Marbles", disrupted proceedings by launching a paper plate of shaving foam at Murdoch.

Passing sentence at City of Westminster magistrates' court in central London, district judge Daphne Wickham said May-Bowles would serve three weeks in prison.

She also ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £250 costs.

The judge condemned his actions in interrupting the evidence Murdoch was giving to the committee, which she said 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."

The judge said she took into account the fear of injury felt by Murdoch, who could not have known what was in the foam pie.

Officer cleared of assault on female G20 protester

By Girish Gupta

Thursday, 1 April 2010

A police sergeant accused of assaulting a female G20 activist with his baton was acquitted yesterday.

Sgt Delroy Smellie appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court after YouTube footage showed him striking protester Nicola Fisher with the back of his hand and then twice with a baton.

The officer told the court that he had taken the difference in size between himself and Ms Fisher into account. "I thought that the most reasonable level of force would be a flick with the hand as a distraction clearance," he said.

An officer in the Territorial Support Group (TSG), Sgt Smellie was charged with assault by beating and suspended from duty following Ms Fisher's complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). He could still face misconduct proceedings and possible police punishment.

District Judge Daphne Wickham said there was no evidence that his use of the baton was not approved, correct or measured.

She said the officer had a "mere seven seconds" to act, amid fears over safety, and said that the tense atmosphere in the area in the City of London in April last year "empowered Ms Fisher to get involved in a strongly exhibitionist and aggressive way".

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  1. something must be done — judgefucker
  2. daphne — ***
  3. why dont you lot become judges if you dont like it — doh