Murdoch pie attacker sentenced to 6 weeks in jail

Jonathan May-Bowles admitted attacking Murdoch during a Commons committee hearing on phone-hacking.

London: A British comedian who
dramatically threw a plate of shaving foam at media titan
Rupert Murdoch during a parliamentary hearing into the
phone-hacking scandal was today jailed for six weeks.

Jonathan May-Bowles admitted attacking 80-year-old
Murdoch during a Commons committee hearing on phone-hacking
last month involving News of the World, Britain`s biggest-
selling tabloid, which was closed down on July 7 amid public
outrage.

May-Bowles, 26, who calls himself Jonnie Marbles,
admitted assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress.
He was sentenced at City of Westminster Magistrates` Court.

Murdoch and his son James were giving evidence before
MPs at the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee on July
19 when May-Bowles rushed forward from the public gallery with
a paper plate filled with foam.

The substance hit Murdoch`s jacket.

He was tackled by a group of people including
Murdoch`s wife Wendi Deng who lunged to defend her husband and
appeared to slap May-Bowles on the head. The commotion forced
a 15-minute suspension of the session.

After pleading guilty to the offences on July 29, the
part-time comic told reporters, "I would just like to say this
has been the most humble day of my life", mimicking Murdoch`s
statement to the MPs.

PTI

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