Arrest warrant for Petra Ecclestone's ex-husband after he fails to attend court on harassment charges

January 19, 2021

An arrest warrant has been issued for the ex-husband of Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone after he failed to attend court to face charges of abusive and threatening behaviour towards a police officer.

Gold dealer and financier James Stunt did not appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court, and did not give reasons for his absence or attempt to arrange to attend the hearing remotely.

He faces one charge of racially-aggravated harassment of PC Richard Harper close to his address at Ennismore Garden Mews in Knightsbridge on 22 June last year.

Stunt is also charged with a lesser offence of harassment of PC Harper on the same date.

The defendant married Ms Ecclestone, daughter of F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, in Italy in 2011.

They had three children together - a daughter followed by twin boys - but divorced in 2017.

Prosecutor Simon Maughan confirmed the court summons had been sent by Royal Mail recorded delivery and that Stunt had also been informed of the charges by the police.

Magistrate Alan Elias issued the warrant for his arrest.

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