Murdoch Pie Assailant Convicted of Assault

Also guilty of 'causing harassment, alarm or distress'

Jonathan May-Bowles, the British comedian who attempted to pie Rupert Murdoch at a Parliamentary hearing last week, has been convicted of assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress, the Guardian reports.

In a 15-minute hearing at Westminster magistrates court, May-Bowles (also known as Jonnie Marbles) spoke only to confirm his name, age, and address and to plead guilty to the two charges.

Prosecutor Rav Chodha accused the defendant of using “threatening, abusive, or insulting words and behavior,” but added that Murdoch didn’t support the assault charge.

District judge Daphne Wickham ordered May-Bowles to return to court to be sentenced on Aug. 2. His lawyer asked that the date be moved back because May-Bowles had a vacation planned with his son, but Wickham refused and warned that a warrant would be issued for his arrest if he did not turn up.

“He is on bail for a serious offense which carries a risk of imprisonment,” she said. “He should have thought about this on the 19th of July when he committed these offenses.”

Upon leaving the court, May-Bowles quoted Murdoch's famous statement, “I would just like to say this has been the most humble day of my life.”