Pink Floyd star's son loses jail appeal

28th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour lost an appeal on Friday against his jail sentence for a drink and drug-fuelled attack on Prince Charles' convoy during a London protest last year.

Charlie Gilmour, 21, was jailed for 16 months in July for violent disorder during the demonstration in December, when thousands marched through the capital in a protest against rising university fees.

Gilmour, a student at the elite Cambridge University, was photographed swinging from the Cenotaph war memorial and later threw a rubbish bin at the car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

The former model also smashed a window at a fashion store and stole the leg of a mannequin.

Announcing the Court of Appeal's decision to reject the challenge, Lord Justice Anthony Hughes said the spree had been "entirely out of character" but that the jail sentence was a "penalty which properly met the facts of this case".

"He is plainly a talented man," Hughes said, adding that references from people who knew Gilmour described him as "gentle and peaceable".

He also noted that the history student, who admitted taking LSD and valium before the protest, had "made genuine efforts to stop drinking and taking drugs".

The Crown Court had heard in an earlier hearing that Gilmour turned to drink and drugs after being rejected by his biological father, the writer Heathcote Williams.

His adoptive father, the Pink Floyd guitarist, and his mother Polly Samson did not attend Friday's hearing.

© 2011 AFP

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