Leyland man Geza Tarjanyi ‘intended to cause damage in anti-vaccine protest at Sajid Javid’s home’, court told

A Leyland man was carrying spray adhesive and posters when he turned up at Sajid Javid’s home to deliver an anti-vaccine “legal notice”, a court has heard.
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Geza Tarjanyi found out where the then-health secretary lived and travelled to the minister’s home in Fulham, south-west London, on January 3 to stage a protest against the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

The 61-year-old, of Boundary Road, Leyland, was carrying spray adhesive and a number of posters, which prosecutors say he was doing with the intention of destroying or damaging property – a charge the defendant denies.

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At the opening of the trial at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday, prosecutor Archie Mackay said: “This case is about the defendant, Mr Geza Tarjanyi, finding out where Sajid Javid lived – the politician – going to Sajid Javid’s family home and, as a form of protest, tried to get arrested.

Former Health Secretary Sajid JavidFormer Health Secretary Sajid Javid
Former Health Secretary Sajid Javid

“And the prosecution’s case is that, to make sure he was arrested, he was prepared if necessary to use a heavy-duty adhesive spray and glue some posters on to Mr Javid’s family home.

“If he had done so, that would have been criminal damage.

“In fact, you will see he was arrested before he needed to do that.”

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The court heard that the defendant went to the address with “basic filming equipment (and) an envelope of paperwork” alongside another man, who could film the protest.

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Before showing the footage to the jury, Mr Mackay said the defendant can be seen ringing the bell and then handing an envelope to Mr Javid’s daughter, who answered the door.

“She was disturbed to the extent that she asked them to stop filming her,” he said.

The prosecutor said that, after closing the door, Mr Javid’s daughter rang her parents, who were nearby with two protection officers, one of whom came back to the house immediately.

The footage shows the defendant standing outside the house, saying he has just “served a notice” to Mr Javid in the form of a letter, before reading his own copy to the camera.

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In the letter, Tarjanyi threatens to sue Mr Javid for any harm or death caused by the Covid-19 vaccine, calling its rollout “a crime”.

“I’m exposing their involvement in the biggest fraud and threat facing our national security,” he said.

The defendant can also be heard saying that he wants to be arrested and “face these monsters in court”.

After he finishes reading out his script, he can be seen taking what looks like a canister out of his bag.

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At this point, Mr Javid’s personal protection officer, who had been monitoring the situation, detains him and takes the canister.

Metropolitan Police officers can be seen arriving shortly afterwards and formally arresting Tarjanyi.

Mr Mackay told the jury the defendant said in his police interview that he “never intended to cause damage and only intended to get arrested” but he later admitted he would have been “happy” to do so if it meant he was arrested.

Tarjanyi denies having an article with intent to destroy or damage.

The trial continues.