A BREXIT supporter who yelled ‘respect the vote’ as he egged Jeremy Corbyn has been jailed for 28 days.
John Murphy, 31, admitted attacking the Labour leader during a visit to a mosque in his Islington North constituency. Mr Corbyn has been forced to review his security following the March 3 attack, which came less than a week after his party said it would support a second referendum on EU membership.
Mr Corbyn was ‘shocked and surprised’, Westminster magistrates’ court heard.
He stated he was determined to ‘interact with people as I always have’, but would ‘now have to be more cautious’.
Murphy, from Barnet, north-west London, admitted assault by beating. Prosecutor Kevin Christie said Mr Corbyn had just sat down at the Muslim Welfare Centre when ‘he felt a strike to the right side of his forehead’ and heard a male shouting. He then saw a ‘very aggressive’ Murphy being held, his face ‘contorted’ with rage. Jailing Murphy, chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said ‘attacks on our MPs must stop’. She added: ‘An attack like this is an attack on our democratic process.’
Malik Aldeiri, in mitigation, said Murphy ‘believes his civil rights were violated and this was a demonstration by him against what he says is a failure by parliament to adhere to his democratic vote’. The freelance events promoter told the court he was ‘perfectly happy to go to jail’.