UK prosecutors charge man caught with crossbow at Queen’s home on Christmas Day

British prosecutors have accused a man of intending to ‘injure or alarm’ Queen Elizabeth II after she was arrested at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, from Southampton in southern England, was arrested on December 25 while carrying a crossbow on the grounds of the castle in west London where the 96-year-old monarch mainly resides, prosecutors said.

Following an investigation by the Terrorism Police, he was charged with death threats, possession of an offensive weapon and an offense under Section 2 of the Treason Act 1842.

This section details the penalties for “discharging or aiming firearms, or throwing or using any offensive material or weapon, with an attempt to injure or alarm Her Majesty”.

Chail will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on August 17.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against Mr Chail are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial,” said Nick Price, head of the special crime and control division. against terrorism of the CPS.

The Queen was at the castle at the time of the incident with her son and heir, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla and other close family members.

Police said Chail did not enter any buildings.

Security breaches in royal residences are rare. The most serious of the Queen’s reign occurred in 1982 when an intruder scaled a wall to enter her London home of Buckingham Palace and headed for her bedroom.

In 2003, Aaron Barschak, who called himself ‘the terrorist of comedy’, escaped Windsor security wearing a pink dress and Osama bin Laden-style beard to throw the 21st birthday party. birthday of Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, the second in line. for the throne.

William Joyce, a Nazi Germany propagandist nicknamed Lord Haw Haw, was hanged in 1946.