A man carrying a crossbow in the grounds of Windsor Castle has been charged under the Treason Act.
Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, was caught just 500 meters from Queen Elizabeth’s private apartment on last Christmas Day (25.12.21) and, following an investigation by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism team, is now on his way to injure the Queen. Charged with giving alarm. The Sedition Act 1982, as well as threatening to kill and possess an offensive weapon.
Nick Price, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “CPS has authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Jaswat Singh Chail after he was arrested with a crossbow on the grounds of Windsor Castle on 25 December 2021.
“The decision has been taken following an investigation conducted by the Counter Terrorism Command of the Met.
“Mr Chail, 20, has been charged with making threats to life, possessing an offensive weapon and committing an offense under the Sedition Act of 1842.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr. Chail are active and he has the right to a fair trial.”
Singh Chail is currently in custody ahead of his appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 17 August.
The last person convicted under the Sedition Act was Marcus Sargent, who was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to firing blank shots at the Queen during the Trooping of the Color ceremony in 1981.
After the intruder was caught in the grounds of Rani’s residence, he was classified under the Mental Health Act.
The man is believed to have climbed a metal fence using a rope ladder, but was spotted “within moments” on CCTV and triggered the intruder alarm.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said in a statement at the time: “A 19-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of breaching a protected site or trespassing and possessing an offensive weapon.
“The security procedures started within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any building.
“After the man was searched, a crossbow was recovered. The man has been taken into custody and has been subjected to a mental health assessment – he has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and remains under the care of medical professionals.”