On Tuesday, the man who threw a milkshake at Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage was ordered to pay compensation following the “politically motivated” attack.
Paul Crowther hurled a banana and salted caramel milkshake at Farage when he was campaigning for EU elections in Newcastle last month.
The 32 year old admitted to assault and criminal damage to a lapel microphone on Mr Farage’s suit.
District Judge Bernard Begley called it an “act of crass stupidity” and sentenced him to 150 hours of community service. The prosecution insisted that he pay to have Farage’s suit dry-cleaned as well. The judge agreed and also ordered Crowther to pay £350 ($445) in compensation. Separately, his employer fired him.
James Long, on the prosecution said “I suppose for the split second the attack took place, Mr Farage would not know whether it was a harmless liquid or something, in this day and age, far more sinister.”
Long pointed out that one of the defendant’s Facebook posts prior to the attack made it clear that that his actions were premeditated.
This incident is part of a fad which has seen several people on the British right-wing being hit with milkshake projectiles.
In early May, Tommy Robinson, a prominent British far-right figure was hit by milkshakes on two separate occasions in just 48 hours. During protests against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK in June, a Trump supporter was also doused by a milkshake.
Farage Tweeted: “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible. For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”