The stepson of Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmore will serve jail after judges failed to overturn an appeal against his 16 month sentence today. In what seemed a very excessive sentence, Charlie Gilmour aged 21 was sentenced to jail in July after being arrested for going on a ‘drink and drug-fuelled rampage’ at a student protest.
The court heard that Charlie was seen hanging from a Union flag on the Cenotaph and leaping on top of a Jaguar car that formed part of a royal convoy. It is also alleged that he kicked in a window of a store and stole the leg of a mannequin.
Lord Justice Hughes announced the decision in London:
The court is unable to say that his sentence was arguably either manifestly excessive or wrong in principle.
During a previous hearing, Charlie Gilmour’s barrister had told the judges his client had been intoxicated and did not realise he was swinging from the Cenotaph.
It seems the courts are trying to make an example of Gilmore’s son for a crime that probably deserved a slap on the wrist.