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100m Olympic Bottle Thrower Sentenced

Monday 4th February 2013

A man who threw a beer bottle on to the track at the start of the men's 100m final at the London Olympics has been given spared jail.

ashley gill-webbAshley Gill-Webb, 34 of North Yorkshire, was given an eight-week community order at London's Thames Magistrates' Court.

Gill-Webb, who also shouted at athletes including Usain Bolt, was earlier found guilty of two public order offences.

His lawyers had said he was suffering from a "manic episode" at the time. When arrested by police, he told them he was Scottish actor Alan Cumming.

He had used an old ticket to get into the Olympic and Stadium on 5th August and did not have a valid ticket.

District Judge William Ashworth, sitting at Thames Magistrates' Court, told Gill-Webb: "Your intention was to target the highest-profile event  at the London Olympic and put off Usain Bolt.

"The potential harm of triggering a false start was significant. By good fortune, you failed. You did, however, spoil the occasion for some spectators and tarnish the spirit of the Games.

"You suffer from bipolar disorder. At the time of the offence, you were in the throes of a manic episode. This made you over-confident and your behaviour risky.

"I have reduced your punishment to take account of the effects of your illness."

Gill-Webb,  who is being treated for his illness, will be electronically-monitored and be subject to a 7pm to 7am curfew. He was also ordered to pay a 1,500 contribution to costs.