Street performer jailed for assault on rival mime

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Updated Monday, May 9 at 11:01 AM

LONDON (AP) — A silver-painted street mime who walloped a rival performer over the head in front of throngs of tourists has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.

Police say 37-year-old Dechko Ivanov — who worked as a silent "living statue" — got into a very vocal argument with another man about performing spots near the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel.

Police described Ivanov as "wearing a silver outfit with a crown" and carrying a staff. The victim wore a long silver jacket and a pointed hat.

Ivanov "struck the victim with a drawstring bag containing two bricks" as tourists and passers-by looked on.

The victim suffered a fractured skull in the attack last June. Police said Monday that he had made a good recovery.

Ivanov, a Bulgarian national, was sentenced Friday at Inner London Crown Court.

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