UK Egg Man Jailed For Egging Jeremy Corbyn On The Head
A man who hit Britain's opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on the head with an egg has been handed a jail sentence.
John Murphy, 31, has been jailed for 28 days after attacking the politician for his stance on Brexit.
Corbyn has long called for a second vote on the exit deal after years of toing-and-froing about how and when the UK will leave the European Union. Murphy admitted to attacking Corbyn following his visit to a Muslim community centre in London's Finsbury Park on March 3.
The moment Murphy approached the MP, who was seated in the centre of a room, was caught on camera. Murphy can be seen in the CCTV footage hitting Corbyn with an egg on the side of his head.
Prosecutors said Murphy shouted "respect the vote", an apparent reference to the 2016 EU referendum result.
Other people in the room were quick to tackle Murphy, who was swiftly pushed into the corner of the room and away from Corbyn.
Corbyn was left with a red mark on the side of his face and said he noticed Murphy's face was "very aggressive" when he conducted the attack.
"Although Mr Corbyn was not seriously hurt, Murphy had come with a number of eggs that he could have used had he not been detained quickly," said Kevin Christie, District Crown Prosecutor at CPS London North.
The egging occurred days after Corbyn, 69, said Labour would support a second referendum if it could not get backing for its alternative Brexit plans.
"Whilst I am in a very public role, it is often very painful to see my wife, my sons and my wider family suffer deep stress because of my role and because of this attack upon me," Corbyn said in a statement read in court.
According to the BBC, Murphy compared himself to a defender of civil rights in a statement written before he was sentenced. He said he was "perfectly happy to go to jail".
"I'd rather be a rebel than a slave," he added.
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