UK man charged over crossbow threat to Queen Elizabeth

UK man charged over crossbow threat to Queen Elizabeth

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

Jaswant Singh Chail, from Southampton, southern England, was also charged with death threats and possession of an assault weapon following the incident at Castle, south-west London, last year.

He is currently in police custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in the UK capital on August 17, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

“CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) has authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Jaswant Singh Chail after being arrested on the grounds of Windsor Castle on December 25, 2021 carrying a crossbow”, CPS’ Nick Price, who oversees prosecutions in England and Wales, said.

“This decision was made following an investigation by the Met’s Counterterrorism Command,” it added.

Chail was charged under the part of the Treason Act, under which it is an offense to attack the Queen or carry a gun or offensive weapon in her presence with the intent to hurt her or report her. act for her, or disturb the peace.

It is very rare to be charged under this particular 180-year-old treason law.

In the latest case, Briton Marcus Sarjeant was sentenced to five years in prison in 1981 after pleading guilty to shooting at the king as she marched.

However, William Joyce  also known as Lord Haw Haw, who collaborated with Germany during the Second World War  was the last to be found guilty under the Treason Act 1351, separate and more serious.

Following the Windsor Castle incident, the Met said security procedures were activated shortly after the breach and individuals did not enter any buildings.

It happened as the Queen was spending a light Christmas day at the castle with her eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

The Queen usually celebrates Christmas at her residence in Sandringham, eastern England, but she stayed at Windsor last year as a precaution amid rising Covid-19 cases.

Although the intruder was quickly stopped, it was reminiscent of an earlier, more serious break-in in 1982.

On this occasion, a man in his thirties entered the private room. Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace while she was in bed before police arrested her. .

Last summer, a man was arrested after climbing the palace gates

 

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