UK man charged over crossbow menace to Queen Elizabeth

Police on Tuesday charged a 20-year-old man with an offence below Britain’s 1842 Treason Act after arresting him armed with a crossbow at Windsor Fort as Queen Elizabeth II spent Christmas Day there.

Jaswant Singh Chail, from Southampton in southern England, has additionally been charged with making threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon following the incident on the fort, southwest of London, final yr.

He’s at present in custody and can seem at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket within the British capital on August 17, London’s Metropolitan Police stated.

“The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) has authorised the Metropolitan Police to cost Jaswant Singh Chail with offences after he was arrested within the grounds of Windsor Fort on 25 December 2021 carrying a crossbow,” Nick Value of the CPS, which oversees prosecutions in England and Wales, stated.

“This determination has been made following an investigation carried out by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command,” he added.

Chail has been charged below a bit of the Treason Act, which makes it an offence to assault the Queen, or have a firearm or offensive weapon in her presence with intent to injure or alarm her, or to trigger a breach of peace.

This can be very uncommon for costs to be introduced below this explicit 180-year-old treason regulation.

Within the final case, Briton Marcus Sarjeant was sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment in 1981 after pleading responsible to firing clean pictures on the monarch when she was on parade.

Nevertheless, William Joyce — also referred to as Lord Haw Haw, who collaborated with Germany throughout World Struggle II — was the final individual to be convicted below the separate and extra critical 1351 Treason Act.

Following the Windsor Fort incident, the Met stated that safety processes had been triggered inside moments of the breach and that the person didn’t enter any buildings.

It occurred because the Queen spent a low-key Christmas Day on the fort together with her eldest son and inheritor to the throne, Prince Charles, and his spouse Camilla.

The Queen normally celebrates Christmas at her Sandringham property in japanese England, however she remained in Windsor final yr as a precautionary measure amid resurgent Covid-19 instances.

Though the intruder was intercepted shortly, it recalled an earlier, extra critical intrusion in 1982.

On that event, a person in his 30s entered Queen Elizabeth’s personal chambers at Buckingham Palace whereas she was in mattress earlier than police apprehended him.

Final summer season, a person was arrested after scaling the gates of the Palace.

In 2020, a homeless man scaled its partitions and bedded down for the night time in its grounds earlier than being caught…AFP

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