Uncertainty for Gilmour Inside and Out

Next term Girton will decide if Charlie Gilmour can return to Cambridge after prison. Meanwhile he faces discipline in his new prison for smuggling.

The Tab has learned that Girton will decide next term whether or not Charlie Gilmour can return as a student.

Gilmour was sentenced to sixteen months in prison for throwing a bin at the car of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s bodyguards. The incident occurred during the student protests in London last December. His actions, which also included swinging from the cenotaph, were described by Judge Nicholas Page as: “outrageous and deeply offensive”.

Girton refuse to comment on whether Gilmour will be allowed to return to his studies, but a University representative confirmed: “The issue will go to the College Council next term.”

Rosie O’Neill, CUSU’s Welfare and Rights Officer, said Gilmour’s widely-criticized prison sentence should not be a barrier to future education.

She said: “CUSU believes in equal access to education for all. Any student who has completed a penal sentence should not be further vilified by any bar or penalty in continuing their education”

The act that bought Gilmour infamy

Leave them quids alone

Meanwhile, Gilmour has also landed himself in trouble on the inside. He was recently caught ‘smuggling’ three £1 coins into his new prison after an hour-long visiting session. Though a seemingly trivial amount, a prison source said: “£3 goes a long way in prison and could be used to buy illegal items.

“Charlie is in real trouble and he could lose his privileges. The matter could also affect his ultimate parole date.”

He is likely to be taken before the prisoner Governor to explain himself, and could face having his collections of books taken away. The books were sent to him by godfather Elton John to keep him occupied.

It comes after Gilmour was moved from high-security Wandsworth Prison to the more ‘soft’ Wayland Prison, a Category C prison in Norfolk. Having previously shared a small cell with a convicted bank robber, he now has a room three times as big equipped with a TV.

Bruce Beckles, a member of the Cambridge Academic Campaign for Higher Education (CACHE), welcomed the move, telling The Tab: “Mr Gilmour is at worst a Category C prisoner and so should be in a Category C Prison. Wayland is clearly a more suitable prison.”

Gilmour has appealed against his sentence, but as yet, no decisions have been made on the case.

Do you think Gilmour should be allowed to return to his studies?

  • Judge John Deed

    I don't think he should be allowed back, but that's mainly because he's a massive prick.

  • Tab Fan

    Ah the tab is back. This can only be good news. Roll on another year of exuberant reporting by those good people at the tab.

  • Homertonian

    Glad to hear he had something to read in Wayland. Now he has some prose as well as cons.

    • Caian

      Witty. Which college are you really from then?

      • Jesuan

        Mate, I'm not sure you have anything to brag about. Caius is shite.

    • Lorenzo v Matterhorn

      Cons yes, but no coins.

      • banter judge

        you need a lot of practice on puns buddy

        • The real judge

          Who the fuck are you?

  • Homer

    Pretty sure Girton counts as a Class C prison anyway.

  • Joe

    The Tab is now copy and pasting articles from the Daily Mail. nice journalism

  • Curious George

    Why does £3 go a long way in prison? What use could prisoners have for money? Why would they not smuggle in notes? I'm not suggesting that it's wrong, just curious.

    • Mrs D

      Because the money you can send by cheque is limited and monitored. Gilmour might be able to withdraw £ 15 or so a week (depends on priviliges), but you can't buy certain items / favours with it, and it's not a lot. He should've swollowed the coins discreetly. The guards are not daft. Plus he's a pretty high profile prisoner.

      • Mrs D

        why would anyone downthumb this reply? it's all true.

  • Heathcote

    Everyone who works at the Tab should be shot.

    • Facebook

      Everyone who calls themselves Omar Bongo is waste (that's you Heathcock).

  • Johnian

    Surely allowing a convicted criminal back can do nothing but harm the reputations of both the college and the university? Gilmore is never going to be a useful member of society so it is a toss up between the repution of the institution and some stuck up anarchist's feelings… Not a difficult choice.

    • Jesuan

      Wasn't Stephen Fry jailed for credit card fraud before his Cambridge career? I know some people find him unbearably smug, but he did turn out alright regardless.

      • Some Guy

        I love jesuans!

        • Jesuan

          Good for you…

      • Keen fresher

        He's a weasal, he turned out a loser? No…

    • Lucretzia

      Yes, what a bigot!

    • Clareite

      I don't think something like that would tarnish the reputation of Cambridge.

      Besides, such decisions should be made based on principle, not what effect it will have on their reputation.

      Gilmour is currently serving his punishment in prison; I see no logical reason why he should not be allowed to return to Cambridge.

    • Mrs D

      So you don't think that a person who has served their sentence and paid their dues to society is worth a second chance then?

  • Visitor

    Nice to see the inaccuracies of the Mail being repeated here in the Tab. You know nothing

  • No Thankyou

    Shouldn't the penultimate paragraph read, "Bruce Beckles, rent-a-quote apologist for civil disobedience?"

  • Wilson

    All the rioters got an appeal straight away and received sentences of a few weeks or so yet houses were torched; many people were made homeless and people died…!
    Charlie Gilmour was the scapegoat for the student riots – High profile dad and an iconic picture. He absolutely deserves to be able to continue his studies without a doubt. To even suggest that he doesn't is disgraceful and shameful.
    He doesn't need to worry about student fees yet he was out there fighting. He deserves an immediate appeal and a reduction in sentence and an open prison. It was a knee jerk reaction to a front page picture.

    • Watson

      Is that a joke? The riot convictions are infamous for being disproportionately-large. Four years for creating a facebook group, despite pleading guilty? Six months for stealing a bottle of water?

      Some of these demagogic convictions, admittedly, have been quietly dropped (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/19/riots-mother-looted-shorts-freed) – but it simply is not true to claim leniency on the underclass looters. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14704914

      Still, I agree with your (rather trite) second paragraph.

    • Wilson's Boy

      "He doesn't need to worry about student fees yet he was out there fighting." Yes, because some people will do anything for an opportunity to get boozed, high, lairy, destroy things, and offend people. He was rightfully sentenced, and should rightfully serve the rest of his time. Your point is old and has been written about ad nauseam, come up with something relevant to the article you prick.

  • Not a fan

    Gilmour is a class A w**nker, who did some really w**kish things in a bid for more attention. i couldn't care less as to whether he gets allowed back eventually, what i'm happy about is that he's not here for my final year. he is an awful man.

  • rustybike@girton

    Somebody (not me) has finally come up with the obligatory "prison diary"…
    http://charliegilmour.wordpress.com/

    • Mrs D

      That's not him, it's a hoax. And not funny at all. And written by someone who doesn't know anything about prisons.

      • Mr. D

        You're embarrassing yourself darling

  • Cedric Horsfield

    Not funny at all! Pathetic one might say. What a twerp this Gilmour is, buffoon. Imbecile. Why does he think anyone would want to read his diary?! Are you certain its him? Or perhaps its someone from here? I'm confused…..

  • facepalm@girton

    Yep, definitely certain it is him.

    Jeffrey Archer has written the introduction and everything.

  • reasonable

    he might have acted like an idiot at the protests but the punishment he received was completely and absolutely disproportionate. Some of the comments on here are utterly distasteful- this is a boy's life we're talking about.
    As Cameron is quick to point out with regard to his Bullingdon days "we all do things we regret when we're young". Get some balls and some morality.

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  • Not happy

    No way he should be allowed back to study history! What was he hanging off and why didn't he know what it meant? Seems Cambridge standards have dropped if they let students in without basic history information.