Comedian admits Murdoch attack

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A comedian who threw a foam pie at media mogul Rupert Murdoch was today convicted of assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress.

Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, of Edinburgh Gardens, Windsor, launched the attack as the 80-year-old gave evidence over the phone-hacking scandal at last week's Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing.

May-Bowles, also known as Jonnie Marbles, admitted the crime when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

The defendant stood in the dock and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address and plead guilty to the two charges.

He was supported in court by his father and a group of friends.

Rav Chodha, prosecuting, said that, on July 19, May-Bowles made his way through the Wilson room in Portcullis House to attack the News Corporation boss and used threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour.

In a hearing which lasted only 15 minutes, the prosecutor added that Mr Murdoch did not support the charge of assault.

The hearing was adjourned for pre-sentencing reports until Tuesday August 2, when will he return to court to be sentenced.