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Brexit supporter who egged Corbyn admits assault

by LLB Reporter
25th Mar 19 2:03 pm

John Murphy who egged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn shouting “respect the vote” has admitted to an assault charge on Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Corbyn was visiting a mosque in North London when he was attacked, by being smacked on his forehead by Murphy with an egg.

Corbyn was “shocked and surprised” by the needles attack, his team has stepped up security.

Prosecutor Kevin Christie said Corbyn was with Diane Abbott, Labour’s shadow home secretary at the Muslim Welfare Centre in north London, after visiting the Finsbury Park Mosque on 3 March.

Christie said, “Suddenly, he felt a strike to the right side of his forehead and then realised someone had reached over his right shoulder and struck him.

“As he was struck, he heard a male voice shouting, ‘Respect the vote.’”

Despite being restrained by staff, Murphy continued to shout, “respect the vote.”

Corbyn read out a victim impact statement to the court, he said, “I was shocked and surprised when the assault occurred as I have always felt safe and secure at the Muslim Welfare House.

“The assault was completely unprovoked and threatening.

“Whilst I’m determined to make sure I’m able to interact with people as I always have, I now have to be more cautious.

“I feel these kinds of attacks drive a wedge between elected representatives and those who elected them in the first place. We are now reviewing and increasing my security protection.”

Malik Aldeiri, defending, said Corbyn’s statement was “slightly over egged in the sense that Mr Corbyn himself hasn’t suffered any impact,” as the main concerns being for his family.

Emma Arbuthnot, chief Magistrate said she is considering a short jail sentence, for assault by beating in order to send a clear message that “attacks on MPs must stop.”

Murphy has been bailed until sentencing later on Monday.

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