The Crown Prosecution Service has joined in the criticism of unemployed estate agent Lewis Hughes, who last week admitted a count of assault by beating in the case concerning the government’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
Hughes was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to pay £100 in compensation after admitting the assult.
Hughes forcibly placed his arm around Whitty and putting him into a headlock as he tried to make his way through St James’s Park in Westminster at around 7.20pm on June 27 this year.
Whitty - who was on his way to a meeting with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson - did not receive any injuries.
Now a statement from Kalsoom Shah, from the Crown Prosecution Service, says: “This was a completely unacceptable act of targeting and assaulting Professor Chris Whitty.
“Lewis Hughes showed little regard for him or relevant social distancing rules when he accosted the government’s Chief Medical Officer in the street. His behaviour was both shocking and disgraceful.
“Like everyone else, public figures should be free to go about their day to day work without fear of being targeted and assaulted. The CPS will always work with the police to bring to justice those who break the law in this way.”
A second defendant - Jonathan Chew, 24, of no fixed address - is due to face trial in November in relation to the same incident.
He is charged with one count of assault by beating and one count of obstructing police.