ASHLEY Gill-Webb, the South Milford man who hurled abuse at competitors in this summer’s Olympics, got into the event without a valid ticket, a court heard last week.
The 34-year old threw a beer bottle onto the track and hurled abuse at the competitors during the 100m final on August 5.
Stratford Magistrates’ Court in east London heard that Gill-Webb used expletive taunts, targeted at Usain Bolt, who went on to win the race.
Police never found any ticket on him and the court heard that he had used an old ticket to get first into the Olympic Park, and then into the stadium, for the race.
The 34-year-old denies intending to cause 100m finalists harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour, thereby causing spectators present at the Olympic Park harassment, alarm or distress, contrary to Section 4(a) of the Public Order Act 1986.
He also denies an alternative charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, contrary to Section 5 of the act.
His lawyers claim he was suffering from a manic episode at the time and could not form an intention to cause harassment, alarm or distress, but the Crown says that although he was unwell at the time, he knew what he was doing.
His case was adjourned until this Friday, at 10am.
See this week’s Selby Times for more on this story.
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