York, a city in northern England, has arrested a 23-year-old man for “threatening behavior” after he allegedly threw eggs at King Charles III during the monarch’s visit to the city last month.
After an investigation into the November 9 incident, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that Patrick Thelwell would appear in York Magistrates’ Court on January 20 of next year.
Guidelines suggest a sentence of up to six months in prison if he is found guilty.
The police said at the time that after several eggs fell near the king while he was touring central York, Thelwell was arrested on suspicion of a public order violation and released later that day.
The university student was allowed to remain free on bail, but one of the terms of his release was that he not be seen in public with eggs.
“The CPS has authorized North Yorkshire Police to prosecute Patrick Thelwell with threatening behaviour pursuant to Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986,” stated Nick Price, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division. “This occurs when police looked into an incident in which eggs were thrown towards HM (His Majesty) The King Charles in York on November 9th, 2022,”
Since Thelwell’s “right to a fair trial” is protected by UK law, he explained, there are limits on what information may be made public regarding the case.
The CPS stressed the need of preventing any internet reporting, comments, or sharing of material that could prejudice the proceedings.
An egg was allegedly thrown at King Charles during a walkabout in the town of Luton, north of London, and earlier this month, police in Bedfordshire, southern England, announced that they had prosecuted a 28-year-old man with a public order crime.
He posted bond and is due back in court on January 9.
When his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away in September, Charles, then 74 years old, took her place as monarch. After 10 days of national mourning and a state funeral, she was laid to rest.
However, some people were unhappy with the hereditary monarchy that King Charles represented.