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Murdoch’s Attacker Gets Jail Sentence; Another Arrest in Phone-Hacking Scandal

Aug 2, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The man who threw a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch during a recent appearance before a parliamentary panel has received a jail sentence for the attack, the Daily Mail reports.

Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, also known as Jonnie Marbles, was sentenced to six weeks in jail for the attack on the head of News Corp.

Meanwhile, London police made another arrest in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal, The New York Times reports. The suspect’s identity was not immediately released by police, but media reports indicated it’s Stuart Kuttner, a former managing editor of the News of the World tabloid.

A police statement said the arrest was for "suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications."

According to The Times: “Mr. Kuttner had been the managing editor of the News of the World for 22 years, and in charge of the paper’s finances, before stepping down in July 2009. On that occasion, he praised the paper’s work, saying the journalists there reflected ‘Fleet Street at its finest.’”

The piece adds: “The arrest on Tuesday is the latest in a widening investigation into accusations of illegal activity at the newspaper, including gaining unauthorized access to private voice mails and paying bribes to the police. The scandal has already led to the closing of the 168-year-old newspaper, the resignation of two top police officials and the arrests of 10 other people, including the newspaper’s former editor, Andy Coulson, and the former News International chief executive, Rebekah Brooks.”

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