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Olympic 100m bottle throw: Ashley Gill-Webb faces trial

  • 21 November 2012
  • From the section England

A man accused of throwing a bottle at the start of the men's Olympic 100m final will stand trial next year.

Ashley Gill-Webb, of South Milford, North Yorkshire, was arrested after the incident in the London Olympic Stadium in August.

He has pleaded not guilty to two public order offences.

District Judge Jacqueline Comyns, at Thames Magistrates' Court, granted him conditional bail. He is due to appear for trial on 3 January.

The court heard he had been receiving psychiatric treatment at Bootham Park Hospital in York after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act, but was released on 7 September.

'Little distraction'

At a hearing on 6 August, he denied using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress under Section 4A of the Public Order Act.

Mr Gill-Webb has now also pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Image caption Judo medallist Edith Bosch hit a man she had seen throwing a bottle

The conditions of his bail are that he stays at his home address in South Milford or Bootham Park Hospital.

His trial is set to take place at Stratford Magistrates' Court in east London.

After the incident a Dutch judo champion hit a man she had seen throwing a bottle on to the track.

Edith Bosch, 32, who won a bronze medal in the 70kg category, said she had hit him on the back with the flat of her hand and the incident had made her miss the race.

A London 2012 spokesman said at the time: "The incident had no impact on the competitors or the event."

However, US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who took bronze in the race, said the bottle had been a "little distraction".

He added: "I didn't know what it was, but when you're in those blocks, and the whole stadium's quiet, you can hear a pin drop."

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