Man fined Dh448 for throwing egg on King Charles III

The incident happened when the monarch was in Luton to meet community leaders and open a new Sikh temple


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Published: Sat 14 Jan 2023, 4:18 PM

Last updated: Sat 14 Jan 2023, 5:29 PM

A 21-year-old man was fined $122 (Dh448) on Friday after he admitted to throwing an egg towards King Charles III during a royal walkabout last year.

Harry May, 21, of Luton, north of London, was ordered to pay £85 ($103) costs after pleading guilty to a public order offence.

The incident happened when Charles, 74, was in Luton on December 6 to meet community leaders and open a new Sikh temple.

Prosecutor Jason Seetal said the egg thrown by May landed near Charles as he chatted to locals.

He said May told police he threw it because "he believed the king visiting a town like Luton, which is a deprived and poor area, was in bad taste".

"Whatever disagreement you have with somebody, the way to resolve it is not to throw projectiles at them," chief magistrate Paul Goldspring told May during a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court.

The magistrate said he accepted that May was not trying to hit the king with the egg but said the attack was "planned" and "targeted" Charles.

The attack came less than a month after several eggs were thrown at Charles and his wife Camilla in the city of York, in northern England, in November.

None of the eggs hit Charles, and he was ushered away by minders.

Police detained the alleged attacker, 23-year-old university student Patrick Thelwell.

He was later released on bail on the condition that he did not carry eggs in public except when shopping.

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