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Boat Race protester found guilty
The swimmer who interrupted the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race has been found guilty of causing a public nuisance.
Trenton Oldfield, 36, pleaded not guilty to the charge at Isleworth Crown Court this week, but did admit swimming into the path of the crews.
The Australian-born activist told a jury, who had not previously watched the race, that he carried out his actions because he was protesting “against elitism”.
Oldfield claimed he had made it “the most exciting boat race ever” – an assertion that brought laughter from the courtroom and a mocking reception from prosecution barrister, Louis Mably.
Four-time Olympic champion Sir Matthew Pinsent, who was assistant umpire of the race, wrote a statement that said: “If he had been hit by an oar or boat he could have cracked his skull, his neck, fallen unconscious and drowned."
However, there were indications Oldfield was not taking the allegations seriously. He said: “I don’t think I will be willing to rock the boat next year.”
Oldfield was found guilty of the charge on September 26. He will return for sentencing on October 19.