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Bolt heckler found guilty

A mentally ill British man who shouted abuse at Usain Bolt and threw a beer bottle on the track at the start of the London Olympics men’s 100 metres final was found guilty of a public order offence today.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, shouted “Usain I want you to lose, Usain you are bad, you are an arsehole” at the Jamaican sprinter in the minutes before the race on August 5 last year, a key moment of the London Games.

The court had heard that Gill-Webb, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was in the throes of a manic episode at the time. The crux of the legal case was whether, despite his condition, he acted with the intention to cause distress to others.

He will be sentenced at a later date. The maximum penalty he could face would be six months in jail and a fine. (Reuters)††

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