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Man guilty of throwing bottle at Olympic finalists

A man who got into the Olympic Stadium without a ticket then threw a beer bottle at competitors lining up for the men's 100m final has been found guilty of public disorder.

Ashley Gill-Webb (34) was suffering a 'manic episode' when he used an old ticket to get into the Olympic Park and then the stadium, where he hurled abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt then threw a plastic beer bottle on to the track.

Gill-Webb, from Yorkshire, was today found guilty of intending to cause 100m finalists harassment, alarm or distress.

Gill-Webb, who suffers from bipolar affective disorder, pushed his way to the front of an exclusive seating area at the stadium and started shouting: "Usain, I want you to lose. Usain, you are bad, you are an a***hole."

He then threw the beer bottle as the race -- which Bolt won in 9.63 seconds -- began.

Gill-Webb was confronted by Dutch judo champion Edith Bosch, then escorted from the stadium and arrested.

His lawyers argued that his mental state meant he could not have intended to cause harassment, alarm or distress, but the Crown said he knew what he was doing.

The court heard that Gill-Webb pushed his way to the front of the exclusive seating area.

Prosecutor Neil King described him mingling with members of the Dutch Olympic team, but his "shouting and jostling", then throwing the bottle, led to a confrontation with judoka Ms Bosch.

Gill-Webb, who did not give evidence during his trial, said he could not remember the incident. He will be sentenced later.

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