Tuesday 2 August 2011

Protester Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, was jailed for six weeks at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court today

Mr May-Bowles, 26, pleaded guilty last week to assaulting the 80-year-old media tycoon as he gave evidence to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee about the phone hacking scandal.
May-Bowles, also known by his comedy stage name "Jonnie Marbles", disrupted proceedings by launching a paper plate of shaving foam at Mr Murdoch.
The incident came towards the end of the media mogul's appearance alongside his son, James, before MPs in the Wilson Room in Portcullis House on July 19.
Prosecutor Malachy Pakenham said May-Bowles smuggled the foam pie into the building hidden in an old shirt, which he discarded in bins in the men's toilets.
The protester got into the committee room as a member of the public but seemed to show little interest in the Murdochs' evidence, even appearing to doze off at several points, the court heard.