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Watch: Man jailed for hitting UK opposition leader Coryn with an egg

Man jailed for hitting UK opposition leader Coryn with an egg Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London, UK Mar 26, 2019, 02.23 PM (IST)

A man who hit the leader if Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with an egg in an apparent attack provoked by his stance on Brexit was sentenced to 28 days in jail on Monday.

Closed-circuit television footage showed John Murphy, 31, approach Corbyn, who was visiting a Muslim community centre in London's Finsbury Park on March 3 with his wife and party supporters, and crack the egg on the side of his head.

Prosecutors said Murphy shouted "respect the vote", an apparent reference to the 2016 EU referendum result. The attack occurred days after Corbyn, 69, had said Labour would support a second referendum if it could not get backing for its alternative Brexit plans.

"Although Mr Corbyn was not seriously hurt, Murphy had come with a number of eggs that he could have used had he not been detained quickly," Kevin Christie, District Crown Prosecutor at CPS London North.

Murphy, who pleaded guilty, was jailed for 28 days and made to pay a 115-pound ($152) victim surcharge.

"Whilst I am in a very public role, it is often very painful to see my wife, my sons and my wider family suffer deep stress because of my role and because of this attack upon me," Corbyn said in a statement read out in court.

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Closed-circuit television footage showed John Murphy, 31, approach Corbyn, who was visiting a Muslim community centre in London's Finsbury Park on March 3 with his wife and party supporters, and crack the egg on the side of his head.