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Pink Floyd Guitarist's Son Sentenced To 16 Months In Jail Due To London Riot!

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Just another sad reminder that actions have consequences.

Charlie Gilmour, the son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmore, was sentenced to 16 months in jail today after he reportedly dropped acid, took a valium, and participated in attacking a Jaguar included in Prince Charles and Camilla's motorcade during a student riot in London last year, during which he was quoted screaming:

"Let them eat cake, let them eat cake, they say. We won't eat cake, we will eat fire, ice and destruction, because we are angry, very fucking angry."

He was also photographed that day swinging from a Union Flag on the Cenotaph war memorial, as part of the protest against the rise in school tuition fees, and although he claimed his behavior was due to being rejected by his biological father, writer Heathcote Williams, Judge Nicholas Price QC was having no excuses in court, and was quoted telling the young man:

"Such outrageous and deeply offensive behaviour gives a clear indication of how out of control you were that day. It caused public outrage and understandably so. For a young man of your intelligence and education and background to profess to not know what the Cenotaph represents defies belief. You have shown disrespect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, to those who fell defending this country."

Eek! That's some serious scolding!

But justifiably so, we'd say!

We understand getting caught up in the moment, but to not only disrespect such an important memorial, but to allow yourself to act so violently when the royal family is involved - pure STOOPIDITY!

What was he thinking?!

Oh well - we suppose he'll have a lot of time to think about that while he's behind bars!

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41 comments to “Pink Floyd Guitarist's Son Sentenced To 16 Months In Jail Due To London Riot!”

  1. 1

    Nice looking young chap. I think he'll make a lovely mistress in prison. (by the way, are prisons going to be chronicled as part of gay history?)

  2. 2

    Christ! I thought that was Harry Potter!

  3. 3

    I would be pretty pissed if the government raised my college tuition to three times for the next year of what it used to cost yet can afford to put on an extravagant wedding. Even if he did get out of hand his reasons were honorable. He probably shouldn't have taken the Valium though. It is a true "let them eat cake " moment.

  4. 4

    Hey teacher! Leave those kids alone! lmao

  5. 5

    Poor David and Polly, they must be so ashamed of this dumb-ass. The Judge is correct. With his level of education and intelligence it's shocking that he'd do such a foolish and childish thing. Prison is just what he needs to sort himself out and grow up. Fee's rise, that's what happens in a tough economy, don't whine about it, shut up and deal with it like everyone else.

  6. 6

    I personally feel he had every right to riot! Increasing fee's by that much is ridiculous and someone had to give a voice to their cause. While I don't condone taking drugs or putting people in a position where they fear for their lives, I do feel sorry for him because it looks like the judge just wanted to make an example out of him.

  7. 7

    Damn. He should have stayed home and listened to his dad's records on acid. More fun and less jail.

  8. 8

    Re: Modern Thinker – please take the chimp off your avatar. it doesn't deserve to be the picture you chose to represent your posts. i mean the poor thing is so much more evolved than the person whose actually writing the comments.

  9. 9

    Definitely understand where he's coming from, but he could have taken his valium and made a nice little petition instead.

  10. 10

    Re: berrybaby – lawlzzzz!!!!!!!!

  11. 11

    Re: edenevery – He did NOT have the right to VANDALISE property!! Yes, he had the right to protest peacefully, but those selfish children that tore apart London on that day deserve every punishment they get. What they did is appalling and they ruined the protest for everyone else and made all students look like entitled assholes. I think it's more important that our teachers and other public sector workers keep their jobs than our students have reduced university fees.
    UK prisons are 5-star hotels compared to prisons elsewhere in the world, including the US, and he'll be out of there within several months.
    Re: NorCaliAli – I have to agree 100% with your "shut up and deal with it comment". English students don't realise how lucky they are to pay such a small amount for their education, compared to people elsewhere in the world. I'm sick of their bitching and whining about everything, including that they have to pay to attend uni in Scotland. Entitled little pricks!

  12. 12

    Is he even old enough to go to jail? He looks so young.

  13. LeenB says – reply to this


    Re: Serena Loves Mario
    Raising tuition fees isn't only going to affect students, it's going to affect anyone who is in the university. Lots of departments have been wiped out, and some teachers are losing their job. In those student protests, lots of professors and teachers also attended because they were also in danger of losing their jobs.
    As for the 'shut up and deal with it', I disagree. It's outrageous they will have to pay fees, English universities have traditionally had no or low tuition fees. The French throw an uproar when the government tries to introduce tution fees. It's their civil right both the english and the french to protest (however I disagree with vandalizing and causing harm and danger). And compare it to Europe, English tuition fees are outrageous.
    Well yeah, I mean come on any EU citizen can attend a Scottish university for free, as long as he is not English? I would get pissed as well.

  14. 14

    personally i think thats a bit harsh they let other people off for drunk driving and just because this kid yells some bs they put in in jail.. wtf
    2 months or community service not 16 the judge is warped

  15. 15

    Re: perez posse member 777 – I think that it is cause people are more hurt for his riot on the Cenotaph and the whole thing with the flag.
    I honestly dont think almost anyone gets better after jail. They end up learning much more wrong stuff. But well, prolly he will get the idea. I just think that one whole year and plus for a riot?. Maybe 6 months should be at most.
    Hopefuly people will keep protesting in peace.

  16. 16

    It angers me that the peaceful marching of 52000 students is forgotten because of the actions of this young man. It angers me further that the the rise in tuition fees would not affect him as he comes from a wealthy who can afford to pay the fees. It would have been more effective for him to show support of his fellow students by protesting in a peaceful manner, his 'protest' completely undermined the efforts of others and this is all the student protests will be remembered for. As for those who believe every has the right to riot, they do not have the right to riot but the riot to protest. Do you really think climbing the Cenotaph is going to make the government think; lets give those intelligent students what they want?

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


    The punishment is excessive for what occurred, particularly in light of his age and his apparent circumstances. Was there no heavyweight in court for him considering who his father is? Hang in there, kid. A sense of justice can be shaped to become legally effective.

  18. 18

    Actually there are MANY MANY countries where the education is free and its granted by the Constitution. I dont think i would destroy anything but i will sure protest if they'd try to do it uk's way.

  19. 19

    hes cute

  20. 20

    he looks like harry potter..Re: secretstar – agree!!he really looks like harry potter

  21. 21

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – The reason we pay 'so little' is because tuition fees for university education were only introduced 13 years ago and were £1000 max, 5/6 yrs later they tripled and come 2012 they'll have tripled again, the fact that university education has gone from free to £9,000 in such a short amount of time is ridiculous, yeah it's cheap compared to US universities but they've been charging huge amounts for tuition for as long as anyone can remember.
    Also, the protests weren't just about tuition fees, they were about the government (who don't forget got their university education for free) and in particular Nick Clegg for being a massive hypocrite. And why shouldn't we moan about paying tuition fees in Scotland when it only appears to be English students that have to (I'm not sure about Welsh/Irish), but some EU students are entitled to free tuition at Scottish universities and the max English students will have to pay is increasing, though I don't think to the same levels as the rest of the country, it's still a massive, and unfair gap in tutition fees.

    Anyhow, yeah what he did was wrong and he deserved to be punished for it, but 16 months in jail?! You can get less for killing someone while drink driving, the sentence is excessive and it does make it seem like the judge wanted to make an example of him.

  22. 22

    This kid is a spoiled and selfish asshole and I hope he enjoys jail time.

  23. 23

    I'd be pretty angry if I was going to university next year! You have no idea what you're talking about Perez. Things shouldn't have got so violent obviously but the cause he was fighting for was just.

  24. 24

    You don't even get that for murder or rape. why have we got it all so wrong?

  25. 25

    Re: LauRawr - Welsh students who attend a Welsh university currently have to pay have of the tutition that they would pay to attend a university in England - I think I currently pay £1650 something like that, whereas an English student would have to pay £3225. Welsh universities have increased their fees as well though now, so if you're an English student going to a Welsh university you have to pay £9000, however if you're a Welsh student going to a Welsh university or attending any university in England, the maxiumum we would pay is £3225 a year as our fees get subsidised by the Welsh government.. apparently Wales is 'poverty stricken' and a larger rise in fees would mean that no Welsh student would attend any university in the country or something like that. Hope that all makes sense :) x

  26. 26

    Re: LauRawr – Welsh students who attend a Welsh university currently have to pay have of the tutition that they would pay to attend a university in England - I think I currently pay £1650 something like that, whereas an English student would have to pay £3225. Welsh universities have increased their fees as well though now, so if you're an English student going to a Welsh university you have to pay £9000, however if you're a Welsh student going to a Welsh university or attending any university in England, the maxiumum we would pay is £3225 a year as our fees get subsidised by the Welsh government.. apparently Wales is 'poverty stricken' and a larger rise in fees would mean that no Welsh student would attend any university in the country or something like that. Hope that all makes sense :) x

  27. 27

    He looks SO Britishly effeminate.
    It's sad to see this youngster screwing up his privilged life.
    I did one acid trip, just to try it when I was 50. Never again.
    Nasty stuff.
    The father, David Gilmour, was beyond gorgeous back in the day.
    Amazing in concert.
    David Gilmour, Jim Morrison and Elvis were the handsomest men I have ever seen.
    Would hate to fall in love with any of these three fellas.

  28. 28

    What a PILLOCK!

  29. 29

    What a cutie! Anyway, this is not justifiable by any means. Its throwing the book as someone because of who their father is and to make an example of someone. Sixteen months for dropping acid and screaming some gibberish about cake? That is bullshit!

  30. 30

    Re: LauRawrRe: LeenB – Sorry, but I have no sympathy for students complaining about a few thousand pounds. My education was $150,000, so I'm sorry that I don't feel bad for little bitches whining over their fees. How about we start cracking down on the millions of people living on the dole who aren't disabled or unable to work, who are simply lazy, and their money can go towards your education? Personally, I think that benefits everyone.

  31. 31

    I get that university in the UK is cheaper but it is the rate at which the tuition rose. Raising it that fast left people who had prepared for their future unprepared with out much notice. Had they increased the cost gradually like they do at most universities and colleges in the U.S., people would have been able to prepare financially. He really shouldn't have resorted to violence or the other college students either. However the non riot side of things, the protest, was due to a very valid reason. If the U.K. can afford to throw a multi million dollar wedding, whirlwind North American tour and visits to Hollywood parties, they can afford to throw U.K. university students a bone.

  32. 32

    Re: Serena Loves Mario
    You sound like a little spoiled brat.
    That your mummy and daddy have the money to pay those 150,000 dollar for your education, doesn't mean everyone else can.
    The people in UK saved money for their children to go to college. But now a hundreds or maybe thousands of students won't be able to go to college anymore, cuz they weren't prepared for this to happen.
    So it's more than normal that those "little bitches are whining over their fees". I would do exactly the same if it was me in that situation.

  33. 33

    Re: Rubyinthedust – I was in debt for years to pay for my education, asshole.

  34. 34

    Re: Rubyinthedust – Maybe you should make an effort to go to uni. You clearly need it, using words like "cuz".

  35. 35

    Not SCHOOL tuition fees - most are state schools and are free - but University fees.

  36. 36

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – A few thousand pounds be alright to you, but try pursuing an education when your father is a postman and your mother a 'free-lance novelist.' I don't think being upset about that large of a sum of money is being 'a little bitch' and it's incredibly ignorant and snobbish for you to say so.

  37. 37

    Re: Voivode – Get a loan like I did…

  38. @v@ says – reply to this


    This pic is years old. He doesn't look anything like this now. I had to go to the Beeb to get the whole scoop and a photo that wasn't from grade school.

  39. 39

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – Although I don't always agree with your posts, I do agree with this one. No matter what they were protesting, those young men had NO RIGHT to go and vandalize property like they did. As you put it, it probably made the rest of the peaceful protesters seem like a bunch of entitled assholes.

  40. 40

    Re: PlayingTheAngel – The people who were selfish and decided to make the day about causing chaos did ruin it for everyone else, because it did give me and many others a negative opinion of students. Also, when you see so many people holding signs saying "Now I can't go on my gap year", I don't think that really conveys a positive message - they sound entitled. There are ways to get an education, and people would rather complain than make an effort. I know many people don't agree with what I've said, and obviously took some things I've said the wrong way, but I basically think students need to get over it and live in debt like I (and millions of others) did to have an education. We're in a financial crisis and the government simply can't afford to pay for you, so pay for yourself.
    I am also sick of reading articles in the papers that claim Scottish universities are "racist" for charging students high fees to attend. I don't understand this, because I chose to attend an out of state school and paid ten times more because I wasn't a resident. Therefore, I feel it's completely justifiable to charge non-Scottish students significantly more to attend - they choose to attend uni here. If you don't like it, then stop coming up here for university!

  41. 41

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – I can't. Let me explain; because of the financial problems at home with my parents, for the last two years I have lived with my extended family abroad, where everybody thought I could be supported better. We consulted all the right people before we did this, and I was told that this would NOT have an affect on me applying for universities under Home Status as my immediate family still live and pay taxes within the UK. However, I have now been informed that this has officially changed, and cannot apply with home status, but have to go in as an international student (despite the fact I am FULLY from the UK/have a passport/ everything) The fees for international students are bloody high anyway without all of this extra. This also means I can't apply for a student loan.