Olympic 100m final bottle thrower found guilty

Ashley Gill-Webb found guilty of public disorder


A man who got into the Olympic Stadium without a ticket and then threw a plastic beer bottle on to the track at the start of the men’s 100m final at the London 2012 Olympics has been found guilty of public disorder.

The 34-year-old of South Milford, North Yorkshire, who also shouted abuse at Usain Bolt, was arrested on August 5 and was today found guilty of two public order offences at Stratford Magistrates’ Court.

His lawyers had said he was suffering from a “manic episode” at the time, but he was found guilty of intending to cause the 100m finalists harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour, contrary to Section 4 of the Public Order Act as well as an alternative charge contrary to Section 5 of the act.

The court had heard how Gill-Webb shouted “Usain, you are bad, you are an ****hole” as Bolt prepared to get into the starting blocks, and threw a plastic beer bottle.

The abuse did not seem to hamper Bolt’s performance, however, with the sprint star taking gold in an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds.

Gill-Webb, who has bipolar affective disorder, is said to have pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area, without having a valid ticket for the stadium at all during that session. After the incident Dutch world judo champion Edith Bosch, who was sitting nearby, confronted him before police carried out an arrest.

District Judge William Ashworth said: “The video, in my view, quite clearly shows Mr Gill-Webb checking to see if he is under observation before taking the risk of throwing the bottle.

“I am sure that he was at that point weighing up the chances of being caught.

“I am sure, therefore, that he was at that point acting rationally and wrongly.”

Gill-Webb, who did not give evidence at the trial, had denied the offences but his DNA was later found on the bottle.

District Judge William Ashworth granted Gill-Web conditional bail until the sentencing and said he would limit the maximum sentence to a community-based penalty.

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