Search

Father sentenced after Olympic Stadium bottle throw

15:38 04 February 2013

Ashley Gill-Webb was sentenced for public disorder. File picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Ashley Gill-Webb was sentenced for public disorder. File picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

An “over-confident” man with bipolar disorder has been handed a community order after throwing a bottle onto the track at the start of the men’s 100m final at the Olympic Stadium.

Usain Bolt went on to win the 100m final. File picture: Martin Rickett/PA WireUsain Bolt went on to win the 100m final. File picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, of South Milford, near Leeds, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was found guilty at Stratford Magistrates’ Court last month of intending to cause harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour,.

District Judge William Ashworth, sitting at Thames Magistrates’ Court, told Gill-Webb: “Your intention was to target the highest-profile event at the London Olympic and put off Usain Bolt.

“The potential harm of triggering a false start was significant. By good fortune, you failed.

“You did, however, spoil the occasion for some spectators and tarnish the spirit of the Games.”

You suffer from bipolar disorder. At the time of the offence, you were in the throes of a manic episode. This made you over confident and your behaviour risky.

“I have reduced your punishment to take account of the effects of your illness.”

Gill-Webb used an old ticket to get into the Olympic Park and then the stadium on August 5.

He hurled abuse at athletes, including Jamaican sprint star Bolt, and then threw a bottle on to the track as the final began.

It landed behind the lane markers and the world’s top sprinters as they exploded out of their blocks in the showpiece race.

Bolt, the world record holder and defending champion, won in 9.63 seconds, ahead of Jamaican team-mate and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake. The US’s Justin Gatlin, the 2004 100m Olympic champion, won bronze.

Tom Barley, defending, said Gill-Webb risked inflicting “massive embarrassment on the country” by his behaviour.

He has since lost his job through the bad publicity triggered by the case and has two young children to look after, the court heard.

Mr Barley said: “He would have looked like a drunken yob on that occasion.

“Noting that alcohol did not have any influence, Mr Barley suggested that for someone dealing with a mental illness on a day-to-day basis, “it must have been the worst day for it to happen, in the 100m final”.

Gill-Webb is being treated for his illness.

He will be electronically-monitored and be subject to a 7pm to 7am curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

Related articles

Latest News Stories

10:02
Murder investigation launched in East Ham

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in East Ham.

London police
Professor Frank Chinegwundoh says prostate cancer is an urgent priority for Newham (Pic by Hear Me Now)

Campaigners have criticised the borough’s healthcare strategy for not prioritising prostate cancer.

Zuhair Zarifa
Yesterday, 20:08
Man detained after being found guilty of pensioner attacks

A man who was found guilty of brutally attacking three people in East Ham, including two pensioners, has today been detained in a mental health unit.

Snaresbrook Crown Court
Yesterday, 17:23
Work on pedestrian crossings at Bow Interchange will start later this year

Improvements for pedestrians at Bow Interchange will get underway later this year after resounding public support for the scheme.

London

Most read news

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder