Chris Witty is the UK Government's Chief Health Advisor
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A 24-year-old has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison for molesting the UK government's chief medical advisor, Chris Whitty, with a friend.
The sentence was suspended for two years, a court in London ruled on Friday.
The man, who lost his job as a real estate agent as a result of the incident, had previously pleaded guilty to assault.
He also has to pay around £ 300 fines and fees.
Whitty was not injured in the assault.
A month ago, the 24-year-old and his friend of the same age tried to force the professor to take a selfie in a London park.
The two drunks held Whitty, who often appears at press conferences with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and roared in triumph.
A video of the incident quickly spread and sparked outrage, with Johnson also criticizing the men.
The second defendant pleaded not guilty.
The trial against him will continue on November 23.
bbr / mjm / dpa