Son of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Sentenced to 16 Months Over Student Riots
The stepson of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has been sentenced to 16 months in prison following his drug-fuelled antics during the student protests in London last December.
As previously reported by Spinner, Charlie Gilmour was charged with violent conduct for his part in the riots which saw the 21-year-old student photographed swinging from a Union Jack that hung from the Cenotaph -- he later denied knowing the significance of the war memorial.
Gilmour, under the influence of LSD and valium, was also part of a 100-strong crowd who attacked the convoy taking Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to the Royal Variety Performance that night.
It was his part in this incident which ultimately led to Judge Nicholas Price QC handing the Cambridge undergraduate a custodial sentence. The judge upheld the claim that the accused had thrown a dustbin at one of the vehicles that made up the royal convoy, the First Post reports.
As for the much-publicised incident at the Cenotaph, Judge Price ruled that Gilmour's actions did not constitute violent conduct. However the QC was quick to verbally reprimand the defendant. He said, "It caused public outrage and understandably so ... You have shown disrespect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, to those who fell defending this country."
The judge concluded, "For a young man of your intelligence and education and background to profess to not know what the Cenotaph represents defies belief."
During the course of the hearing at Kingston Crown Court, video footage of Gilmour yelling slogans was played to the court. It showed him shouting, "Let them eat cake, they say. We won't eat cake, we will eat fire, ice and destruction, because we are angry -- very f---ing angry."