Charlie Gilmour, son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, was jailed Friday after pleading guilty to a drug-fueled attack on Prince Charles' convoy during a student protest in London last year.
The former model had pleaded guilty in May to hurling a bin at Charles' car that hit another car in the convoy. He also smashing a high street store window after taking LSD and Valium. There was photographic evidence of him hanging from the Cenotaph war memorial during the riot on Dec. 9 last year, reported Agence France-Presse.
Gilmour was granted bail from the Kingston Crown Court in SouthWest London in May so he could finish his studies at Cambridge University. Today's verdict was a 16-month jail sentence.
The court was told he had shouted, Let them eat cake, they said, but we won't eat cake. We'll eat fire and ice and destruction because we're angry, very f*ck*ng angry we refuse to do anything we're told. They broke the moral law. We're going to break all the laws.
Gilmour's barrister David Spens QC argued he was ashamed of himself for his behavior, which was sparked by his intoxication by drink and drugs, and had no recollection of throwing the bin, the BBC reported. Spens told the court this had been precipitated by an emotionally painful meeting that summer with his biological father, writer Heathcote Williams.
Judge Nicholad Price, who passed the sentence, said Gilmour's behavior caused great public outrage. He accused him of disrespecting the war dead through his conduct of the memorial.
According to the BBC, in May Gilmour pleaded that he had not understood the significance of the statue. For a young man of your intelligence and education and background to profess to not know what the Cenotaph represents defies belief, he said.
Gilmour was given some credit for apologizing for his actions. You expressed yourself in a fitting way when you apologized for your assaults, the Judge said before sentencing him.
On Dec. 9, 2010, thousands of students flocked to the streets to protest as Britain's Parliament met to vote on a proposal to raise university tuition fees significantly -- nearly tripling them -- as part of a continuing set of austerity programs. During the protest, several clashes took place between police and protesters, resulting in numerous injuries and 43 arrests.