UK Man In Court Over Threat To ‘Kill Queen’ With Crossbow

LONDON (AP) — A person who bought into the grounds of Windsor Citadel armed with a crossbow advised police he needed to “kill the queen,” prosecutors mentioned throughout a courtroom listening to Wednesday.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, is charged below the Treason Act with meaning to “injure the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, or to alarm her Majesty.” He has additionally been charged with threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.

Chail was arrested on the royal residence west of London on Christmas Day 2021, when the queen was staying there.

Prosecutors allege the previous grocery store employee from Southampton in southern England was sporting a hood and a masks and carrying a loaded crossbow with the security catch off.

They are saying he advised a police officer “I am here to kill the Queen,” earlier than he was handcuffed and arrested.

Prosecutor Kathryn Selby mentioned the Supersonic X-Bow weapon allegedly carried by Chail had the potential to trigger “serious or fatal injuries.”

Prosecution legal professionals preserve Chail needed revenge on the British institution for its remedy of Indians and despatched a video to about 20 individuals claiming he was going to assassinate the queen.

To get near the royal household, he had tried to hitch the British Military and the Ministry of Protection Police, prosecutors allege.

Chail appeared remotely for Wednesday’s listening to at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court from Broadmoor, a high-security psychiatric hospital.

He was not requested to enter a plea, and was ordered detained till his subsequent courtroom look on Sept. 14.

The allegations towards him should not being handled as a “terrorism offense,” Selby mentioned.

Prices below the Treason Act of 1842 are uncommon. In 1981, Marcus Sarjeant was charged below the act after firing clean pictures on the queen as she rode on horseback within the Trooping the Coloration parade in London. He pleaded responsible and was sentenced to 5 years in jail.

The final individual to be convicted below the separate and extra severe Treason Act of 1351 was William Joyce, a World Struggle II Nazi propaganda broadcaster referred to as Lord Haw-Haw. He was hanged for top treason in 1946.