Delay in Gilmour Appeal verdict

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was at the High Court to hear a plea on behalf of his Billingshurst based son for a cut in his 16-month jail sentence for going on a drink and drug-fuelled rampage at a student fees protest in London.

Charlie Gilmour, 21, of Billingshurst, West Sussex, admitted violent disorder after joining thousands demonstrating in Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square last year.

He was seen hanging from a Union flag on the Cenotaph and leaping onto the bonnet of a Jaguar car that formed part of a royal convoy. He was found by a judge to have thrown a rubbish bin at the vehicle, a finding now under challenge.

Gilmour also kicked at the window of Topshop's flagship store on Oxford Street and ended up in possession of the leg of a mannequin.

The Cambridge University student, who was jailed at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court in July, was not present for the hearing in London before Lord Justice Hughes and two other judges.

His barrister, David Spens QC, told the court his client was ``keen'' to learn the result of his case because then he would know whether there was any prospect of being able to resume his studies.

Lord Justice Hughes indicated at the start of the proceedings that the court would not give a decision in Gilmour's application for leave to appeal against sentence on Wednesday.

The reason given was that the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and two other Court of Appeal judges were due to give a ruling next week in 10 sentence appeals arising out of August's countrywide riots.

Lord Justice Hughes said he and the other judges hearing Gilmour's appeal, Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Hickinbottom, would want to see what was said in next week's ruling about ``disorder generally''.

Mr Spens would then be given an opportunity to make further representations if he wished on behalf of his client in the light of the outcome of the 10 appeals, which include challenges by two men sentenced to four years for setting up Facebook pages inciting others to riot. Judges reserved judgment to a date to be fixed.

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