Man charged with treason after crossbow incident at Windsor Castle


The Crown Prosecutor’s Office (CPS) said after a man was arrested on the grounds of Windsor Castle with a crossbow “with the intention of harming” the Queen on Christmas Day.

Scotland Yard said that Jaswant Singh Chile from Southampton had been charged under Section 2 of the Treason Act 1842.

CPS added that he was charged with “creating a crossbow that was intentionally loaded with the intention of being near the Queen’s person and using the same to injure Her Majesty’s person”.

Chail has also been charged with threatening death under Section 16 of the Personal Crime Act of 1861 and possession of an assault weapon under Section 1 of the Crime Prevention Act of 1953.

A 20-year-old man has been taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in Westminster Magistrate’s Court on 17 August.

Nick Price, head of the CPS’s Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division, said the CPS will file charges against Cheil “after he was arrested with a crossbow on the grounds of Windsor Castle on December 25, 2021.” said to allow it.

“Mr. Chail, 20, has been charged with making death threats, possessing an offensive weapon, and offenses under the Treason Act of 1842,” he added.

“The Public Prosecutor’s Office reminds all concerned that a criminal case is ongoing against Mr Cheil and that he is entitled to a fair trial.”

Under the Treason Act of 1842, it is a crime to attack the Queen or hold firearms or offensive weapons in her presence to harm her, warn her or break the peace. .

In 1981, Marcus Sarjeant was sentenced to prison under this section of the Treason Act after firing blank shots at the Queen as she was dismounting from her horse in The Mall in London during the 1981 Trooping the Color parade. .

After pleading guilty, he was imprisoned for five years.

The last person to be convicted under another, more serious, treason act of 1351 was William Joyce, also known as Lord Ho Ho, who cooperated with Germany during World War II.

Isobel Frodsham

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