District Judge Daphne Wickham has just handed down a six-week prison sentence and a £265 fine to Jonathan May-Bowles (aka Jonnie Marbles), the “comedian” who gave Rupert Murdoch a pie in the face at last month’s committee hearing. While this is probably fair — according to eye-witness Paul Waugh, Marbles gave Murdoch a “real whack” — Scrapbook couldn’t help but notice her strangely inconsistent record on similar cases.
Last year, Wickham cleared notorious TSG riot cop Delroy Smellie of assault after he slapped a female protester in the face and hit her in the legs with his baton, apparently unprovoked. According to The Guardian, Smellie nodded to the judge after the hearing and said “thank you very much.”
In March of this year, Wickham let off another police officer, Marcus Ballard, with 150 hours of unpaid work after he pushed a teenager through a shop window. A similarly cosy incident in June saw James Allen QC — a Deputy High Court Judge — served with nothing more than a 12-month supervision order after he beat his wife in an argument about an uncooked dinner.
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