Murdoch Attacker Sentenced to Six Weeks in Jail

World | August 2, 2011, Tuesday // 21:16|  views

A British protester who hit media mogul Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie during a parliamentary hearing pleaded guilty in court last month to assault and causing harrassment, alarm or distress. Photo by EPA/BGNES

A man who threw a plate of shaving foam at News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has been jailed for six weeks, BBC reported.

Jonathan May-Bowles, of Edinburgh Gardens, Windsor, Berkshire, admitted attacking the media tycoon on 20 July at a Commons hearing on phone hacking.

The 26-year-old, who calls himself Jonnie Marbles, admitted assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress.

The comic said he would appeal against the sentence, which was passed at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He was told he would serve three weeks in prison, and must pay a GBP 15 victim surcharge and GBP 250 costs.

Murdoch and his son James were giving evidence before MPs at the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee when May-Bowles rushed forward from the public gallery.

He threw a paper plate full of foam, which hit Murdoch's skin and clothes.

The 80-year-old's wife, Wendi Deng, jumped up and appeared to slap May-Bowles on the head as several people tackled him.

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