Published: 20-Jul-2011 09:26
Pink Floyd rocker David Gilmour and his wife are planning to help their son appeal his 16-month prison sentence for violent disorder during London's student fee protests in December.
Charlie Gilmour was arrested after he was caught on camera rampaging across the U.K. capital over a huge hike in university tuition fees. His antics included swinging from a flag on the Cenotaph war memorial and urging fellow protesters to "storm Parliament". The 21-year-old student admitted violent disorder and was later found to have thrown a trash can at a car in a convoy carrying Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during the protest - an accusation he previously denied.
He was handed the prison stint last Friday, and Gilmour's solicitor Robert Brown now says the family are "actively considering grounds for appeal", according to London's Evening Standard.
In court, Gilmour's lawyer blamed his behaviour on being rejected by his biological father, poet Heathcote Williams. His devastation over the rejection was said to have prompted him to take LSD and Valium in the hours before the riots.
David Gilmour adopted Charlie when he married his mother Polly Samson in 1994.