A 20-year-old man was detained by police on Tuesday while carrying a crossbow at Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II was spending Christmas Day. He was charged with a crime under Britain’s 1842 Treason Act.
Following the incident at the castle, southwest of London, last year, Jaswant Singh Chail, from Southampton in southern England, has also been charged with making death threats and possessing an offensive weapon.
The British capital’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court will hear his case on August 17, according to the Metropolitan Police of London. He is now being held in jail.
“After Jaswant Singh Chail was detained on May 25, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge him with offenses.
carrying a crossbow in December 2021,” said Nick Price of the CPS, which is in charge of prosecuting cases in England and Wales.
He said, “This decision has been made after an examination by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.”
Chail has been accused of violating a part of the Treason Act, which makes it illegal to assault the Queen, have a gun or other offensive weapon in her presence, or disturb the peace.
It is highly uncommon for accusations to be brought under this specific treason code, which is 180 years old.
In the most recent example, British citizen Marcus Sarjeant admitted guilt to shooting blank bullets at the monarch when she was on parade and was given a five-year prison term in 1981.
However, William Joyce — also known as Lord Haw Haw, who collaborated with Germany during World War II — was the last person to be convicted under the separate and more serious 1351 Treason Act.
Following the Windsor Castle incident, the Met said that security processes were triggered within moments of the breach and that the individual did not enter any buildings.
It happened as the Queen spent a low-key Christmas Day at the castle with her eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla.
The Queen usually celebrates Christmas at her Sandringham estate in eastern England, but she remained in Windsor last year as a precautionary measure amid resurgent Covid-19 cases.
Although the intruder was intercepted quickly, it recalled an earlier, more serious intrusion in 1982.
A man in his 30s broke into Queen Elizabeth’s private quarters at Buckingham Palace that time when she was in bed before being caught by police.
A man was detained last summer after scaling the Palace’s gates.
A homeless guy ascended its walls in 2020 and spent the night there before being apprehended.