When King Charles visited the town of Luton on 6 Dec., a man allegedly threw an egg towards him.
The man, identified as 21-year-old Harry May of Moreton Road South, Tuesday appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court, charged with a public order offence: throwing an egg towards the king during a walkabout.
This was a “special jurisdiction case” that could only be heard by the Chief Magistrate, according to prosecutor Matthew Taylor.
Taylor scheduled the next hearing for Friday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The defendant, who has yet to enter a plea, is accused of using threatening/abusive words/behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Ahmed Malik – May’s attorney – told the court his client had not been informed of the case being moved to Westminster Magistrates’ Court, adding that May “understood the case was being dealt with today.”
Helen Cook – chair of the bench – granted the accused bail ahead of the next hearing in London.
“I am sure things will be resolved on that occasion,” she said.
“I understand,” May replied.
King Charles was outside Luton Town Hall when the egg was allegedly thrown and was steered away from crowds by protection officers.
He continued his visit to the Bedfordshire town shortly afterwards.