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Windsor Castle intruder admitted plan ‘to kill the queen’

The hooded and masked intruder who busted into Windsor Castle with a high-powered crossbow on Christmas Day had filmed a video bragging of his plans to “assassinate” Queen Elizabeth II, a courtroom heard Wednesday.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, recorded the video simply earlier than he entered the fortress grounds — whereas the 96-year-old monarch was inside celebrating the vacation, prosecutors informed London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

“I am sorry for what I have done and what I will do. I am going to attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, queen of the royal family,” he mentioned in the video, through which he was seen holding a crossbow and sporting a terrifying-looking face masking.

Screenshot from video Chail filmed before intrusion.
Jaswant Singh Chail was carrying a strong crossbow and had a hood and masks {that a} cop mentioned regarded like a Halloween outfit, his courtroom listening to heard.
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“This is revenge for those who died in the 1919 massacre,” Chail mentioned, referring to an incident when British troops shot useless practically 400 Sikhs of their holy metropolis of Amritsar in northwestern India.

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

Chail managed to get to an space the place he would have entry to the non-public quarters of the fortress — the place the Queen was celebrating along with her eldest son, inheritor obvious Prince Charles — earlier than he was noticed at 8:10 a.m. by a royal safety officer, the courtroom heard.

“I am here to kill the Queen,” he allegedly informed the cop, who instantly drew a Taser and ordered the intruder to drop to his knees, prosecutors mentioned.

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Chail allegedly informed a cop who noticed him that he was “here to kill the Queen.”
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The officer described Chail as wanting like one thing out of a vigilante movie or dressed for Halloween, and the “Supersonic X-bow” he had on him is able to deadly accidents, the prosecution mentioned.

Searches of Chail’s house in Southampton additionally discovered a gasoline masks and cord, the courtroom was informed.

His digital units additionally confirmed he’d utilized to the UK’s Ministry of Defence and the Grenadier Guards in an effort to make contact with the royal household, the courtroom heard.

Chail is charged underneath the Treason Act with meaning to “injure the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, or to alarm her Majesty.” He has additionally been charged with threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was not requested to enter a plea at Wednesday’s listening to, the place he appeared remotely from Broadmoor, a high-security psychiatric hospital.

He was ordered detained till his subsequent courtroom look on Sept. 14.

Charges underneath the Treason Act of 1842 are uncommon. In 1981, Marcus Sarjeant was charged underneath the act after firing clean pictures at the Queen as she rode on horseback in the Trooping the Color parade in London. He pleaded responsible and was sentenced to 5 years in jail.

Court artist sketch of Chail appearing virtually Wednesday.
Chail has been charged underneath the not often used Treason Act with meaning to “injure the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, or to alarm her Majesty.”
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A extra severe and even older Treason Act — 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 lengthy demanded a proper apology from Britain for what’s also referred to as the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh bloodbath, when British troops opened fireplace on unarmed civilians who had gathered to protest towards a colonial regulation.

Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the web site of the bloodbath throughout a go to to India in 1997 and referred to it as a “distressing example” of “difficult episodes” in the previous.

With Post wires

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