The estranged wife of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been cleared of assault because son Marco Jr was “too hungover” to give evidence against her, a court has heard.
Matilde Conejero, who is separated from their father and known by her maiden name, was accused of attacking her adult sons, Luciano and Marco Jr.
She allegedly “burst her way” into Marco Jr’s flat in Chiswick, west London, and told him: “You’re a fucking loser junkie — you’re going to prison.”
Conejero apparently then kicked Marco Jr repeatedly in the groin before dragging him by his hair. When Luciano tried to separate them, she allegedly lashed out at him and bit him on the arm.
Luciano and Marco Jr, key witnesses in the case, failed to attend Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The prosecution said there was not enough evidence to proceed with the trial without the two alleged victims.
Officers were initially unable to make contact with either of the brothers because both were not answering their phones.
Marco Jr later told police he was “too hungover” to give evidence.
Prosecutor Katie Weiss said: “An officer went to the address, Marco Pierre White Jr wasn’t there. Friends at the property said he had a gone to a party last night and he was in Hampshire.
“Officers spoke to him on the phone and he said he is too hungover to come today. He said he is ill.”
Police had been unable to make contact with Luciano, the court was told. District Judge Deborah Wright issued witness summons for Luciano and Marco Jr.
Conejero, 51, arrived at the court at 9am and spoke only to confirm her details in the dock.
She denied the charges and claimed she was acting in self-defence during the incident last September.
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