Windsor Castle intruder admitted plan ‘to kill the queen’


The masked and masked intruder who stormed into Windsor Castle with a powerful crossbow on Christmas Day had recorded a video bragging about his plans to “kill” Queen Elizabeth II, a court heard Wednesday.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, recorded the video just before entering the castle grounds – while the 96-year-old monarch was celebrating within the holiday, prosecutors told London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

“I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I’ll do. I’m going to try and kill Elizabeth, the Queen of the Royal Family,” he said in the video, in which he was holding a crossbow and wearing a terrifying-looking face covering.

Jaswant Singh Chail carried a powerful crossbow and had on a hood and mask that one officer said looked like a Halloween outfit, his court heard.
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“This is revenge for those who died in the 1919 massacre,” Chail said, referring to an incident in which British troops shot and killed nearly 400 Sikhs in their holy city of Amritsar in northwestern India.

“It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated against because of their race,” he said in the video.

Chail managed to get to an area where he would have access to the private quarters of the castle – where the Queen feasted with her eldest son, the heir apparent Prince Charles – before being spotted by a royal protection officer at 8:10am. heard the court.

“I’m here to kill the queen,” he is said to have told the officer, who immediately signed a taser and ordered the intruder to fall to his knees, prosecutors said.

British Queen Elizabeth II
Chail is said to have told an officer who saw him that he was ‘here to kill the queen’.
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The officer described Chail as something out of a vigilante movie or dressed for Halloween, and the “Supersonic X-bow” he was carrying could cause fatal injuries, the prosecutor said.

A gas mask and a rope were also found during searches at Chail’s home in Southampton, the court was told.

His electronic devices also showed that he had registered with the British Ministry of Defense and the Grenadier Guards in an attempt to contact the royal family, the court heard.

Chail is being charged under the Treason Act with the intent to “injure the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or alarm Her Majesty”. He is also charged with threat of murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was not asked to make a plea at Wednesday’s hearing, where he appeared remotely from Broadmoor, a high-security psychiatric hospital.

He was ordered to hold until his next appearance on September 14.

Charges under the Treason Act of 1842 are rare. In 1981, Marcus Sarjeant was caught red-handed after firing blank shots at the Queen while she was riding horseback in London’s Trooping the Color parade. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Chail's court artist's sketch will appear on Wednesday.
Chail has been charged under the rarely used Treason Act with the intention of “injuring the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or alarming Her Majesty”.
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A more serious and even older Treason Act – dating from 1351 – has not been used since World War II, when William Joyce, a propagandist nicknamed Lord Haw Haw, collaborated with the Nazis. He was hanged in 1946.

Indians have long demanded a formal apology from Britain for what is also known as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, when British troops opened fire on unarmed civilians gathered to protest a colonial law.

Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the site of the massacre during a 1997 visit to India, calling it a “disturbing example” of “difficult episodes” in the past.

With Post wires

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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