Man accused of assaulting Chris Whitty demands scientist himself appears in court


Jonathan Chew, 24, and estate agent Lewis Hughes, 23, filmed themselves hounding England’s chief medical officer as he walked through St James’ Park in London on June 27

Chew appeared in court today live from his bedroom coughing occasionally and wearing a dressing gown
Chew appeared in court today live from his bedroom coughing occasionally and wearing a dressing gown

A man accused of assaulting Chris Whitty in a park appeared on a court videolink today lying on his bed in a dressing gown.

Jonathan Chew told the court that he had coronavirus despite the prosecution questioning the veracity of documents confirming the positive test results.

The 24-year-old, along with estate agent Lewis Hughes, 23, filmed themselves hounding England’s chief medical officer as he walked through St James’ Park in Westminster, London on June 27.

They appeared to put the government scientist in a headlock and demanded a selfie as he tried to break free.

Hughes, who lost his job as an estate agent after his employer saw the footage, admitted common assault in July and was handed an eight-week jail term suspended for two years.

His friend Chew, denies common assault and obstructing police after he gave his brother’s name to the police following the incident.

Jonathan Chew, 24, outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in July
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Chew appeared in court today live from his bedroom coughing occasionally and wearing a dressing gown which slipped down to reveal his bare chest.

But Daniel O’Donoghue, prosecuting, questioned the veracity of the documents confirm his positive test results.

His lawyer Peter Fallen told the court he has tested positive for coronavirus.

But Daniel O’Donoghue, prosecuting, questioned the veracity of the documents confirming his positive test results.

Before the trial began this afternoon, Mr Fallen told the court he was withdrawing from the case because he is “professionally embarrassed”.

“I am no longer able to continue to represent Mr Chew, I’m sorry to tell you, for professional reasons,” he told the court.

Chew appeared to put the government scientist in a headlock and demanded a selfie as he tried to break free
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Chew became increasingly exasperated during the hearing and insisted Professor Whitty should be at court.

“The law is that I have the right for him to come,” he demanded. “I want Chris Whitty there.”

“I suspect I know a bit more about the law than you do,” Judge Goldspring responded, explaining that Professor Whitty does not legally have to attend court.

Judge Goldspring said that he was “entirely satisfied that you’re not so unwell that you can’t participate in your trial.”

However, the trial had to be vacated until 4 January 2022 because Chew was unable to see the CCTV evidence via the video link.

“There does come a point, whether or not Mr Chew can or can’t see [the CCTV] that the proceedings become a bit of a farce,” said Judge Goldspring.

Chew arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in June
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Chew has been tasked with finding new legal representation before then and he must appear in person.

He is on conditional bail and must stay at the given address.

Chew, of Chelmsford, Essex, will face trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 January 2022 for assault and obstructing a constable in execution of duty.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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