Drunk student who hurled sticks at police officers during anti fees demo jailed for a year The university dreams of a student with exceptional promise were shattered last night after he was jailed for rioting during protests against Government cuts. Francis Fernie, 20, became embroiled in a violent stand-off with police outside luxury goods retailer Fortnum and Mason as 500,000 demonstrators brought London to a standstill in March. Damning CCTV footage showed him drunkenly throwing sticks that had been used to hold placards at officers who were struggling to calm a surging mob. Fernie, who was described as having a social conscience and active interest in politics, recently sat his A-levels and was expected to take up an offer to study science at Sheffield Hallam University. But within days of completing his exams he travelled to London from York for the protests. He wept as he was jailed for 12 months at Kingston Crown Court yesterday after admitting violent disorder. Read more: Drunk student who hurled sticks at police officers during anti fees demo jailed for a year | Mail Online I hope the middle class, wannabe revolutionist gets a hard time from big ron in the nick.