Gill-Webb, 34, (Credit: demorgen.be)
LONDON, England, Wednesday January 16, 2013 â€“ Ashley Gill-Webb, the British man who hurled a beer bottle onto the track and raved abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt seconds before the start of the men’s 100-metre final at the London Olympics, has been convicted of public disorder.
Gill-Webb, 34, who is said to suffer from bipolar affective disorder, was found guilty by an east London court of using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour.
District Judge William Ashworth said that Gill-Webb, a resident of the northern city of Leeds, was suffering from a “manic episode” at the time of the incident but was still in control of his actions. Prosecutor David Robinson said Gill-Webb’s actions were “reckless and irresponsible.”
The case was adjourned for sentencing on February 4, but the judge indicated that he would limit the punishment to a community-based penalty.
The Jamaican track star went on to win the gold medal in 9.63 seconds, the second-fastest time recorded. When informed of the incident, he said that he hadn’t noticed the disturbance.
Gill-Web, who has two previous convictions of criminal damage, used an old ticket to get into the Olympic Stadium on August 5 and pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area.
Dutch judoka Edith Bosch, an Olympic bronze medallist, intervened and confronted Gill-Webb before he was escorted out of the stadium and arrested by police. Gill-Webb has lost his job and received psychiatric treatment since the episode.