‘Harry Potter’ actor sent to prison over riot in London
A judge sentenced Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett, 22, who played Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe, to two years in prison on Tuesday for violent disorder while taking part in the riots last summer in London.
He further received a sentence of 12 months for handling stolen goods during the rioting.
Waylett was found in the capital with a gang of at least four on August 8 in the Chalk Farm area of north London. He was found on video footage with his hood over his head various times throughout the riots. Furthermore, Waylett was seen accepting a bottle of champagne from a rioter who had just stolen from a supermarket, The Press Assocation reported. He admitted to drinking from the stolen champagne.
Reuters reported that Waylett was found holding a petrol filled bottle with a rag as a wick. However, he was cleared in court of trying to destroy property with a petrol bomb.
“Anyone watching the footage in this case can only imagine the mayhem that took place on the streets. I accept that you did not throw or have any intention of throwing it, but merely being in possession of it would have been terrifying to anyone who saw you,” Judge Simon Carr said to Waylett.
Reuters reported that Judge Carr will allow for the Harry Potter actor to be eligible for release after one year in prison.
Emily Dummatt, Waylett’s defense lawyer, said the actor has struggled with the fame and began to abuse cannabis.
“Although he had the good fortune to be in the Harry Potter films, it turned out to be not so good fortune,” she told the court.