THE son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has been jailed for 16 months for violent disorder during a student fees protest.
Charlie Gilmour, 21, of Lordings Road, Billingshurst, was sentenced today (Friday) at Kingston Crown Court.
He was part of a 100-strong mob that attacked a convoy escorting the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during last year’s student riots, the court heard.
The Cambridge University undergraduate, who was also photographed swinging from a Union flag on the Cenotaph, leapt on the bonnet of a Jaguar carrying royal protection officers before allegedly throwing a bin at the vehicle.
In addition to attacking the Royal cars, he was also part of a mob that smashed the windows at Oxford Street’s Top Shop as staff and customers cowered inside.
Gilmour, who was escorted into court by his father and his mother, Polly Samson, has already pleaded guilty to violent disorder and appeared at Kingston Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday.
The case was adjourned until today while Judge Nicholas Price QC decided whether Gilmour threw a bin at a car in the Royal convoy, which he had denied.
The judge was told that palace staff feared for the Royal couple’s safety when the convoy of three cars came under attack as the Prince and his wife made their way to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.
Royal protection officers and staff from the Royal household provided witness statements describing their fear as the cars were set upon by a baying crowd.
There is no evidence that Gilmour attacked the Rolls-Royce in which the Royal couple were travelling.