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Olympic bottle thrower accused pleads not guilty

posted 6 Aug 2012, 12:45 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 Aug 2012, 12:46 ]

A man charged with throwing a bottle onto the track at the start of the Olympic 100 metres mens final tells an east London judge he is not guilty.
A man accused of throwing a bottle onto the track at the Olympic Stadium in London at the start of the men's 100 metres race plead not guilty at a court hearing on Monday (August 6).
He was charged with a public order offence and bailed pending a further hearing and fingerprint tests on the bottle.

34-year-old Ashley Gill-Webb, from the northeast city of Leeds, refused to speak to the media, who chased him down the street as he left Stratford Magistrates Court close to the Olympic Park.

His bail conditions mean he is not allowed to enter any Olympic venue anywhere in the UK, nor enter the Olympic Park in east London.

He was arrested after the incident on Sunday night.

Amateur video from inside the Stadium showed a man throwing a bottle onto the track, just as Usain Bolt, who went on to win the race in 9.63 seconds, and other runners took their positions in the starting blocks.

Gill-Webb will face trial at Thames Magistrate's Court in east London on September 3.