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'Jonnie Marbles' jailed over Murdoch attack

The comedian attacked 80-year-old Rupert Murdoch with a shaving-foam pie during a House of Commons committee meeting.

Jonathan May-Bowles
Jonathan May-Bowles
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JONATHAN MAY-BOWLES, the man who was convicted of attacking Rupert Murdoch with a shaving-foam pie during a House of Commons committee meeting, has been sentence to six weeks in prison.

The 26-year-old comedian, who is also known as ‘Jonnie Marbles’, will serve three of those six weeks, according to the BBC.

He had pleaded guilty to harassment, alarm or distress when he approached 80-year-old Murdoch as he and his son James were giving evidence in relation to phone hacking on 20 July.

Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, sprang to her husband’s defence and slapped Bowles out of the way.

The comedian has been ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £250 reports The Guardian.

The judge condemned Bowles’ actions and said that everyone who had been in the committee room had expected that the process would be conducted “with dignity and in a civilised fashion”. She addressed Bowles in court today:

Everybody else in the room expected that, with one exception – you. You attended those proceedings with only one intention, to disrupt them.

Earlier today there was another arrest in connection with the phone hacking scandal. It’s believed the man arrested was former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner.

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