A man has admitted egging UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during a campaign visit in Nottingham.
Frederick Glenister pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
The 33-year-old, who appeared in court wearing a black suit and tie, egged Farage as he arrived in Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, to rally support in the East Midlands for Ukip candidates in the European elections.
The politician quickly abandoned a planned walkabout and went to a nearby pub, The Bell Inn, where he spoke to media and supporters over a pint of Robin Hood Ale.
Prosecutor Robert Carr told the court: “This was an assault on Nigel Farage on May 1, just after 2pm on Wheeler Gate. Mr Farage, in his position as leader of the UK Independence Party, was canvassing supporters in Nottingham.”
He told the court that Glenister hit Mr Farage with the egg on the left-hand side of his head.
Mr Carr told the magistrates that Glenister was detained by Mr Farage’s security team after the assault.
He said the Ukip leader was shocked by the assault but suffered no pain or discomfort.
The prosecutor asked for compensation for the cost of dry cleaning Mr Farage’s jacket.
Defending Glenister, Miss Louise Wright said he had not planned to carry out the assault and had been in the town centre by coincidence.
“Mr Glenister was going about his business and saw supporters and that they were for Ukip.
“Mr Glenister is a man of conviction and who stands for his convictions”.
She said he went to Tesco and bought some British eggs before going to join the crowd gathered for Mr Farage’s arrival.
“This is a democratic country with a long tradition rightly or wrongly for members of the public to throw eggs at politicians as a political stance”, Miss Wright added.
She told the court that Labour leader Ed Miliband was egged last year but his attacker was not prosecuted.
She told the court the case should have been dealt with by way of a caution and asked for an absolute discharge.
However, Glenister was handed a 12-month conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay a total of £200 in costs.