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Leeds bottle thrower at Olympics "knew what he was doing"

A man from Leeds 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, suffers from bipolar affective disorder. He was suffering a "manic episode" when he used an old ticket to get into the stadium, where he hurled abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt before throwing a plastic beer bottle on to the track on August 5.

Gill-Webb was today found guilty at Stratford Magistrates' Court of intending to cause 100m finalists harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour.

His lawyers argued he could not have intended to cause distress, but the Crown said he knew what he was doing.


Leeds man who threw bottle at Olympics in court

A man from Leeds accused of a public order offence after a bottle was thrown at the start of the men's Olympic 100m final is to appear in court today.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, was arrested after the incident at the Olympic Stadium in August.

He was charged with using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, but pleaded not guilty when he appeared in court in Stratford the following day.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who won the race in 9.63 seconds, said he had been unaware of the incident.

US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who took bronze, said: "It was a little distraction and I didn't know what it was."