Man accused of assaulting Chris Whitty electronic tagged until trial

Jonathan Chew, 24, is accused of assaulting Chris Whitty, with video that has gone viral in which chief medical officer is grabbed by the shoulders

Jonathan Chew has been put on an electronic tag

A man accused of assaulting Chris Whitty has been e-tagged.

Jonathan Chew, 24, is accused of assaulting the chief medical officer and obstructing a police officer during an anti-tax march he witnessed alongside his friend Lewis Hughes on June 27 of the year last.

The couple reportedly spotted the respected doctor, grabbed him by the shoulders and shouted “oi, oi” as they stuck their tongues out at the camera.

A video of the couple went viral on social media and caused widespread revulsion. Chew denies the charges against him.

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring told Chew he had “concerns” that he did not actually live at the Brentwood, Essex address, he told the court, as there were had repeated problems establishing his address in previous hearings.

Jonathan Chew attends Westminster Magistrates Court


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He interrupted the proceedings several times, including to say that the prosecution evidence was “all a lie, man”



At the hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Chew said he had not received any papers and evidence that police said they served on him at his address, which they captured in video portrayed on the body.

He will now be monitored on an electronic tag between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. until his trial on January 27.

His trial was postponed a second time because his lawyers did not receive documents until 10 minutes before the start of the hearing.

Chew, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, autism, conduct disorder and sleep disorder, was criticized for his behavior during his last court appearance by video link in his dressing gown.

Video shared on social media shows Chew and a friend interacting with Chris Whitty



The chief medical officer looks extremely worried as the pair grab him by the shoulder

As he sat outside the dock in blue jeans, a gray t-shirt and a mask on Tuesday, his demeanor improved but he stopped the proceedings anyway.

He interrupted to say that the evidence against him was “a whole man of lies”, said “naaah” when asked to give his phone number to the court at the end of the hearing and he was told. again said he should leave if his behavior didn’t improve. .

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring told him, “You may have understood that I am very reluctant to adjourn your case.

“You have the right to a fair trial and the patience of the court may not be in your favor.

Whitty became more recognizable thanks to her regular TV appearances during the pandemic


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“I’m afraid, because the police are concerned that you may not live at the address where you say you live, and you will now be monitored on an electronic tag between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.”

Earlier, Chew’s lawyer Rabah Kherbane had claimed that his client’s learning difficulties could hamper his ability to understand and follow procedures, but this claim was dismissed by the chief justice.

The judge said Chew had shown a “remarkable” understanding of complex legal issues in previous hearings.

Prosecutor Sam Trefgarne told the court the trial could take place today as the case against Chew was “obviously very straightforward” and captured on video, but his plea was ultimately dismissed.

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