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Olympic Bottle-Tosser Pleads Not Guilty

Happened to be sitting next to judo's bronze medalist. Oops.
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Olympic spectator accused of hurling a plastic bottle onto the stadium track seconds before the men's 100-meter final pleaded not guilty today to creating a public nuisance. Ashley Gill-Webb spoke only to deny the charge and confirm his personal details during a brief appearance at Stratford Magistrates Court. He was granted conditional bail with a trial scheduled for Sept. 3. District Judge Angus Hamilton banned Gill-Webb, 34, of Leeds in northern England, from any Olympic venue and the entire Olympic Park for the duration of the games.

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In addition to throwing the bottle, he was charged with using threatening words, disorderly behavior and harassment. As he left the court, Gill-Webb shouted abuse at waiting reporters. Yesterday's race, won by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, was not disrupted. Gill-Webb's actions enraged Dutch judo bronze-medal winner Edith Bosch, who was inside the stadium near him. She told Dutch TV she intervened after the bottle was thrown and pushed Gill-Webb in the back, causing her to miss the race. "I'm not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice that they happened to be sitting next to a judo player," said Sebastian Coe. (Read more Usain Bolt stories.)

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