Jeremy Corbyn egg attacker sentenced to 28 days in prison

A man who threw an egg at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been sentenced to 28 days in prison.

John Murphy, 31, threw the egg as Mr Corbyn met Muslim charity workers at Finsbury Park mosque in his Islington constituency.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: “An attack like this is an attack on the democratic process”.

She ruled that Mr Corbyn is vulnerable after having to review his security and that the attack was premeditated with wide-ranging effects.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Corbyn said the attack has forced him to consider increasing his security after it left his wife and three sons “stressed and worried.”

The statement, read to the court by Prosecutor Kevin Christie said: “I was very shocked and surprised when the assault occurred.

“It was completely unprovoked and threatening.

“My wife Laura was sat next to me is often stressed on my behalf and was in a state of shock in the days following this incident.

“Diane Abbott and Councillor Richard Watts witnessed it happened and were also very shocked by it.

“Since then I have had discussions with my office about my security.

“I feel these type of attacks drive a wedge between elected representatives and the people who elected them in the first place.

“We are now reviewing an increase in my security protection.

“My three sons became aware of what happened on social media and were very stressed by the assault.

“It’s painful to see my family be subjected to such stress because of my role and because of these attacks against me.”

Earlier today Chief Judge Emma Arbuthnot told the court she will be considering a custodial sentence because “attacks against MPs must stop.”

She said: “The message needs to get out that courts will not allow this to continue.

“It might seem a minor event but there are waves of impacts, particularly on family members.”

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