He may be the son of one of the world’s most famous guitarists David Gilmour from the legendary UK rock band Pink Floyd, but today the Â gifted 21-year-old Cambridge University student Charlie Gilmour is seen by the law as nothing more than a convicted criminal as he begins a 16 month prison sentence for his part in the shocking Â and violent student fees protest that took the Capital by storm causing extensive damage in Central London on the 9th December Â 2010.
Charlie Gilmour was accused of throwing a bin at a convoy of cars that carried the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, along with many other offences including hanging from a Union Jack on the Cenotaph in the violent demonstrations in Trafalgar and Parliament Square, he was set bail in May to finish his exams after he entered a non-specific guilty plea.
High on LSD and Valium, the Cambridge student was among thousands of fellow demonstrators on that day, but his barrister argued in the Court that Gilmour was so ‘thoroughly intoxicated’ that he had no recollection of leaping onto the bonnet or hurling the bin at the car that was carrying the Royal couple.
Judge Nicholas Price QC said in passing judgement on Gilmour:
“Such outrageous and deeply offensive behaviour gives clear indication of how out of control you were on that day.
“It caused public outrage and understandibly so.
“For a young man of your intelligence and education and background to profess to not know what the Cenotaph represents defies disbelief.
“You have shown disrespect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, to those who fell defending this country.”