Brexiteer who egged Jeremy Corbyn jailed for 28 days

Man who egged Jeremy Corbyn pleads guilty to assault charge

Monday, March 25, 2019

A Brexit supporter who egged Jeremy Corbyn while yelling "respect the vote" has been jailed for 28 days.

John Murphy, 31, hit the Labour leader with an egg after the MP visited a mosque in his Islington North constituency on March 3.

Murphy, of Whetstone in Barnet, north-west London, pleaded guilty to an assault by beating charge when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: "An attack like this is an attack on our democratic process."

Malik Aldeiri, defending, blamed his client's "frustration and anger borne out of the political situation we find ourselves in".

"He felt he was making a statement. He believes his civil rights were violated and this was a demonstration by him against what he says is a failure by Parliament to adhere to his democratic vote," his lawyer added.

Mr Corbyn was "shocked and surprised" by the attack, which has prompted his team to work on increasing his security.

Prosecutor Kevin Christie said Mr Corbyn was at the Muslim Welfare Centre when he was "struck" by the egg. 

"Suddenly, he felt a strike to the right side of his forehead and then realised someone had reached over his right shoulder and struck him," Mr Christie said.

"As he was struck he heard a male voice shouting: 'Respect the vote.'"

In a victim impact statement read to court, the Labour leader said: "I was shocked and surprised when the assault occurred as I have always felt safe and secure at the Muslim Welfare House.

"The assault was completely unprovoked and threatening.

"Whilst I'm determined to make sure I'm able to interact with people as I always have, I now have to be more cautious.

"I feel these kinds of attacks drive a wedge between elected representatives and those who elected them in the first place. We are now reviewing and increasing my security protection."

 

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