York student pleads not guilty to threatening behaviour after eggs thrown at King Charles
Patrick Thelwell will now face trial in April
York student Patrick Thelwell has pleaded not guilty to “using threatening or abusive words or behaviour” under Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986 after eggs were thrown at King Charles in November.
Thelwell appeared at York Magistrates Court today and has been released on unconditional bail until his trial on the 14th April.
His solicitor, Nicola Hall, said that at the trial, issues would include whether Thelwell’s actions “were part of legitimate protest” and whether they “looked likely to cause fear of unlawful violence”.
“He would take the view his actions were necessary and part of a protest against the establishment,” she added.
As Patrick left the court he said “peace and love” to those gathered outside the building.
The King and Queen Consort Camilla were visiting York in November to unveil a new statue of Queen Elizabeth II and attend a ceremony at York Minster.
Videos on social media showed eggs being thrown at the King from the crowd and narrowly missing. The crowd started chanting “God save the King” in response to the protester.
Patrick was arrested under Section 4 of the Public Order Act in November. His bail conditions included staying away from the King Charles at all times and being banned from carrying eggs in public.
Thelwell will appear at York Magistrates Court for his trial on the 14th April.
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