HARRY POT­TER THUG JAILED OVER RIOT

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

A HARRY Pot­ter child star who swigged stolen cham­pagne as he ram­paged with a masked mob dur­ing the London ri­ots has been jailed for two years.

Jamie Waylett, who played Draco Mal­foy’s thug hench­man Vin­cent Crabbe in the films, downed the bub­bly when it was handed to him – af­ter it had been looted from a Sains­bury’s store.

Vi­o­lence

Waylett – a pal of Harry Pot­ter stars Daniel Rad­cliffe and Ru­pert Grint – was caught on cam­era dur­ing the third day of last sum­mer’s civil dis­or­der as vi­o­lence erupted in Chalk Farm, north London, on Aug 8.

Waylett, of Kil­burn, north London, was found guilty of vi­o­lent dis­or­der – which car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of five years – at Wood Green Crown Court.

Waylett was cleared of hav­ing an ar­ti­cle with in­tent to de­stroy or dam­age prop­erty in re­spect of a petrol bomb.

The ac­tor, 22, re­fused to give ev­i­dence in court, but in­sisted in a po­lice in­ter­view that he had only taken pos­ses­sion of the Molo­tov cock­tail as he felt in­tim­i­dated by peer pres­sure.

He ad­mit­ted han­dling stolen goods in re­la­tion to the Cham­pagne be­fore the trial started.

In po­lice in­ter­views, he said: “‘A lot of peo­ple I knew were there so I wouldn’t have done any­thing stupid. I was just be­ing an idiot.

“There was a bot­tle go­ing round, my brother passed me it, and I had a sip. I have no clue where it came from.

“I didn’t loot noth­ing, I didn’t do any­thing stupid, but I was there.”

Waylett has ap­peared in six Harry Pot­ter films and his char­ac­ter was writ­ten out of the final movie af­ter he was con­victed of grow­ing and pos­sess­ing cannabis.

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