Man 'screamed abuse' at Usain Bolt and hurled bottle before 100m final

 

A former trainee teacher used an out-of-date ticket to trick his way into the London 2012 men’s 100m finals where he screamed abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt before hurling a bottle onto the startline, a court heard.

Andy Gill-Webb, from South Milford, near Leeds, is said to have waved an expired ticket in front of security guards to enter the Olympic Park.

He then repeated the stunt to gain access into the main stadium, where he “mingled” with members of the Dutch Olympic team and entered a trackside enclosure where he taunted Usain Bolt.

The court heard that Mr Gill-Webb shouted to Bolt: “Usain I want you to lose, Usain you are bad, you are an arsehole”. He then threw the plastic Heineken bottle, which landed behind the Jamaican star shortly before he went on to win the event.

Gill-Webb, 34, was confronted by Dutch judoka Edith Bosch, then restrained by Locog volunteers and arrested.

In a revelation that raises questions about the thoroughness of Olympic security, the court heard how Mr Gill-Webb “passed through several steps waving an old ticket in front of people”.

Defence psychiatrist Dr Robert Adams, told the court that Gill-Webb had not expected to get as far as he did. “He got into the Olympic Park and was in the Olympic Park for quite a while, and then he thought ‘I have got into the Olympic Park, maybe I can get into the stadium’.” he said.

Robert Spears, a security guard who helped bundle the defendant out of the stadium, said he feared the 100m result might have been voided by the incident. Mr Spears added: “At no time did the man try to explain himself, but he demanded to know who had won the race.”

Rhiannon Crimmins, defending, said a psychiatrist had diagnosed Mr Gill-Webb as having bipolar affective disorder following the incident. “He was neither capable of intending it or aware of the disruption it would cause,” she said.

The court heard how, upon arrest, Gill-Webb claimed to be the James Bond actor Alan Cumming and signed a police statement “AJ Cumming”.

Gill-Webb’s lawyers claim he was suffering from a manic episode at the time and could not form an intention to cause harassment, alarm or distress. But the Crown says that although he was unwell at the time, he knew what he was doing and was able to “form an intention”.

The incident was one of the few disruptions of last summer’s Olympics that saw just nine people arrested at Games venues during the entire competition.

Gill Webb denies intending to cause 100m finalists harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour, thereby causing spectators present at the Olympic Park harassment, alarm or distress, contrary to Section 4(a) of the Public Order Act 1986.

He also denies an alternative charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, contrary to Section 5 of the act.

Mr Gill-Webb received psychiatric treatment at Bootham Park Hospital in York after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act following the incident. He was released from hospital on Sep 7.

Dr Adams, who cared for Gill-Webb at the hospital, said he was put in seclusion due to his erratic behaviour on the ward, and at one point he had to be removed by police to protect other patients.

‘There is also no evidence he thought of the consequences of his actions in the police station and in the psychiatric ward’, he said. The hearing continues.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones