ormer well being secretary Matt Hancock feared being pushed down an escalator by an anti-vaccination protester who accused him of murdering folks in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, he instructed a courtroom.
Geza Tarjanyi, 62, of Leyland in Lancashire, who has denied inflicting harassment with out violence, is accused of shoulder-barging the MP and shouting “ridiculous conspiracy theories” on two separate events on January 19 and 24.
Mr Hancock instructed a trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom: “As a public determine, I can’t recall a time once I felt as intimidated as this.”
I felt bodily intimidated and felt like I wanted to get to a spot of security, he (Tarjanyi) was being fully unreasonable. I didn’t know what additional unreasonable actions he would take
On the primary event, Mr Hancock, together with a member of his workers, handed an anti-vaccination protest close to Parliament, earlier than Tarjanyi filmed him, requested him why he had “killed so many individuals” and shoulder-barged him throughout a five-minute interplay.
Showing in individual as a witness, the MP instructed the courtroom: “I felt bodily intimidated and felt like I wanted to get to a spot of security, he was being fully unreasonable.
“I didn’t know what additional unreasonable actions he would take.”
Mr Hancock went on: “It made me really feel unsafe going about my workplace, it made me really feel pissed off that as an alternative of participating in a traditional debate, somebody was making an attempt to intimidate me, I assumed that was unacceptable.”
He added: “I had a fairly good impression he had been taken over by these ridiculous conspiracy theories.”
A couple of days later, at round 8am, after Mr Hancock had had breakfast with the Prime Minister, Tarjanyi adopted the MP via Westminster underground station and onto a practice for round 10 minutes, once more accusing him of murdering folks.
Mr Hancock stated he recognised the defendant and felt “extra intimidated” as a result of he was on his personal and tried to get Transport for London (TfL) workers to intervene.
However he instructed the courtroom that Tarjanyi started harassing “anyone who was going to come back to my help” and continued following him via the station.
Mr Hancock stated he then stopped on the prime of an escalator to “resolve the scenario” however felt the defendant pushing him in direction of it.
He stated: “Clearly I used to be extraordinarily frightened presently. If I had misplaced my stability at that time, I might have tumbled down the escalator.
I needed to work to keep up my stability and cease myself falling down the escalator
“It’s a protracted escalator, I may see a protracted escalator shifting away from me, and I used to be being pushed from behind.
“I needed to work to keep up my stability and cease myself falling down the escalator.”
The previous well being secretary feared Tarjanyi was prepared to commit a criminal offense, alleging the defendant had instructed him he “needed to go to courtroom”.
He added: “One of many causes I hadn’t reported the incident on January 19 was as a result of I don’t need these folks with these unfaithful beliefs to get additional publicity from harassing me.”
Tarjanyi then acquired onto the Jubilee Line practice with Mr Hancock and accused him of murdering “hundreds of thousands of individuals” earlier than they have been separated at Bond Avenue station.
The defendant’s cell phone footage of the second incident, performed to the courtroom, confirmed him calling Mr Hancock a “murderous scumbag” and saying lockdown amounted to the harassment of the nation as a result of his “lies and deceit”.
You (Mr Hancock) exaggerated what occurred on each of those events both to get sympathy or to cease Mr Tarjanyi saying what he wished to say
Nutan Fatania, prosecuting, stated: “Mr Hancock felt shaken up by each incidents and anxious for his private security.”
Parveen Mansoor, defending, stated Tarjanyi denies any bodily contact and believes it was Mr Hancock who “barged into him”.
She added: “He denies assaulting him in any manner form or kind.”
Ms Mansoor instructed Mr Hancock had not been pushed in the course of the incidents, arguing the defendant merely walked into him after he stopped.
Mr Hancock responded: “Oh please … the concept that it was my fault he walked into me is ridiculous.”
Ms Mansoor went on: “You exaggerated what occurred on each of those events both to get sympathy or to cease Mr Tarjanyi saying what he wished to say.”
The MP instructed the courtroom: “I wouldn’t make such an accusation flippantly, and I actually wouldn’t if it was unfaithful.”
Requested once more why the primary incident was not reported, Mr Hancock replied: “I didn’t need to give him the oxygen of publicity for wholly false and harmful conspiracy theories.”
Mr Hancock, 44, was well being secretary when the coronavirus pandemic struck and was a key determine within the lockdown restrictions and vaccine rollout that adopted.
He resigned after leaked CCTV photographs confirmed him kissing an adviser in his workplace, in breach of his personal social-distancing steerage.
Mr Hancock later angered colleagues and constituents by flying to the Australian jungle to look on I’m A Movie star … Get Me Out Of Right here! in November 2022.
Having been stripped of the Conservative whip over the looks, he stated he wouldn’t contest his West Suffolk seat on the subsequent election when he would step down.
The trial continues.