Games bottle yob guilty of disorder
A man who got into the Olympic Stadium without a ticket then threw a beer bottle at competitors lining up for the men's 100m final has been found guilty of public disorder.
Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, was suffering a "manic episode" when he used an old ticket to get into the Olympic Park and then the stadium, where he hurled abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and threw a plastic beer bottle on to the track before the race on August 5.
Gill-Webb, from South Milford, near Leeds, was found guilty at Stratford Magistrates' Court, east London, of intending to cause 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.
Gill-Webb, who suffers from bipolar affective disorder, pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area at the stadium and started shouting: "Usain, I want you to lose. Usain, you are bad...," Stratford Magistrates' Court heard last week.
He then threw the plastic beer bottle as the race - which Bolt won in 9.63 seconds - started on August 5 last year. The 34-year-old was confronted by Dutch judo champion Edith Bosch, then escorted from the stadium and arrested.
Gill-Webb was suffering from a manic episode at the time, with an urge to be "involved" in the Olympics, the court heard. His lawyers argued his mental state meant he could not have intended to cause harassment, alarm or distress, but the Crown said that, although he was unwell, he knew what he was doing.
The court heard Gill-Webb pushed his way to the front of the exclusive seating area after getting into the stadium. Prosecutor Neil King described him mingling with members of the Dutch Olympic team, but his "shouting and jostling", then throwing the bottle, led to a confrontation with judoka Ms Bosch.
After the incident, Gill-Webb - who the court heard has since lost his job - was escorted from the stadium and then arrested. His behaviour in police custody was said to be "somewhat unusual", and he told officers that he was Scottish actor Alan Cumming, signing a statement with the star's name.
Gill-Webb, who did not give evidence during his trial, originally denied throwing the bottle, but his DNA was later found on it. He later said he could not remember the incident. The court heard he has two previous convictions of criminal damage.
The case was adjourned until February 4 at Thames Magistrates' Court for a pre-sentence report to be completed.