Murdoch's PIE BOY jailed for six weeks
'Jonnie Marbles' sentenced for attacking world's most powerful octogenarian
A protester who attacked Rupert Murdoch last month at a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking scandal engulfing News Corp's sister company News International has been handed a six-week jail term this afternoon.
The self-styled "activist, comedian, father figure and all-round nonsense", who has a Twitter handle of Jonnie Marbles, pondered his fate ahead of the sentencing, reported by the BBC, at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court today.
"I'm sure my punishment will be every bit as fair and proportionate as the one Murdoch received. Oh, hang on..." he tweeted.
But for all the humour, Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, of Edinburgh Gardens, Windsor, Berkshire had previously admitted to assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress against 80-year-old Murdoch.
The News Corp boss wasn't hurt in the attack on 20 July when May-Bowles clumsily hit Murdoch with a paper plate filled with foam.
Six weeks might seem like a lot for flipping foam at someone, but Charlie Gilmour got 16 months for swinging on a flag during student protests.
During the one-man protest Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng managed to clobber May-Bowles with her right hand. He was quickly detained by police. ®
... yobs that stab you, beat you up on the ground, nick your wallet and set your car on fire get £10 fine and 2 hours community service.
To clarify my stance for those who don't get my cynical drift, 6 weeks is highly disproportionate for the offence.
How it breaks down
So that would be a couple of days for the pie and five and a half weeks for humiliating the government on prime time TV and showing their security theatre to be utterly ineffectual.
It is disproportionate
Up and down the country every Saturday night people are beating shit out of each other, often for no apparent reason, and it isn't often anyone gets a jail term for that.
So 6 weeks for a paper plate of shaving foam seems ridiculous to me. A fine and a bit of community service would be more appropriate, this bloke hardly looks like a menace to the public.