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Activist fined after Brixton wedding egg-throwing protest

An activist has been fined £250 for throwing eggs during an anti-gentrification protest that ruined a couple's wedding day in south London.

At the Old Bailey, Sapphire McIntosh, 27, admitted she got "carried away" at the demonstration outside Brixton Town Hall in April 2015.

She was sentenced with Joshua Virasami, 26. Both had pleaded guilty to a public order offence at an earlier hearing.

The protest ruined a wedding which was taking place at the town hall.

Judge John Bevan QC questioned why McIntosh, from Whitechapel, east London, and Virasami from Hounslow, west London, were even at the local community event.

'Over the top'

Prosecutor Liam Gregory said the main purpose of the "Reclaim Brixton" event was to "highlight the effects of gentrification, the impact that it was having on communities of people who lived in the Brixton area for many years and their ability to continue to live in that area and be able to afford properties in that area".

The court was shown CCTV footage of McIntosh throwing two eggs in the crowd and Virasami entering the hall then pushing "at least one police officer" on his way out again as they tried to close the gates.

In mitigation for McIntosh, Jacob Bindman said McIntosh accepted that she went over the top and stressed she was not a violent person.

The judge said the pair were entitled to their political motivations but the protest had ruined someone's wedding, something he suggested would "not have mattered at all" to them.

McIntosh was also ordered to pay £135 in prosecution costs, while Virasami was ordered to do 75 hours of unpaid work and pay the same amount in costs.

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