Wednesday 20 July 2011

Jonathan May-Bowles – aka Jonnie Marbles – to appear before magistrates court on Friday

The protester accused of throwing a paper plate of shaving foam at Rupert Murdoch as he gave evidence to MPs has been charged with a public order offence.

Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, of Windsor, Berkshire, was bailed to appear before City of Westminster magistrates court on Friday.

He is charged with behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress in a public place under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, Scotland Yard said.

May-Bowles, who goes by the name of Jonnie Marbles, was on Tuesday night suspended from the Labour party.

The incident occurred as Murdoch addressed the Commons culture, media and sport Committee.

A man who had been sitting at the back of the Wilson room in Portcullis House in Westminster listening to Murdoch and his son James give evidence, was seen to get up and walk around the left side of the packed room to get to where the media mogul was sitting.

He threw a paper plate with white foam piled on top at Murdoch's face

Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, leapt to her husband's defence, first pushing the attacker away and then throwing the plate at him as he was led away by police.

The incident was condemned by audience members and MPs including the Commons Speaker, John Bercow.