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Bolt abuser found guilty of using threatening behaviour


HAVING THROWN a beer bottle on to the track during the final of the men’s 100m at the London 2012 Olympics, a man has been found guilty of a public order offence.

Today (January 4) at Stratford Magistrates’ Court, 34-year-old Ashley Gill-Webb was also found guilty of one count of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Gill-Webb was accused of screaming abuse at 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medallist Usain Bolt.

The court heard that Gill-Webb began shouting insults such as "Usain I want you to lose, Usain you are bad..."

“Gill-Webb’s decision to throw a bottle onto the track at the men’s 100m final was reckless and irresponsible,” said Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, David Robinson.

“This incident came close to disrupting the most watched event of the 2012 Olympic Games which was broadcast to millions of people across the world and for which many athletes had trained for years.

“His prosecution should act as a warning that incidents of public disorder will be dealt with robustly to ensure public events can go ahead unhindered by criminal behaviour.”

Bolt went on to win the race in 9.63 seconds, the second-fastest time in history.

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