Crossbow-Wielding Windsor Castle Raider Who Wanted to Kill the Queen Convicted of Treason
The man was caught red-handed stalking his estate Windsor Castle armed with a crossbow told authorities he was there to kill people Queen Elizabeth II pleaded guilty to treason on Friday.
Jaswant Singh Chail, 21, was arrested on Christmas Day 2021 while the late monarch was living at Windsor Castle in southeastern England during COVID pandemic. In addition to admitting treason with intent to injure or alarm the queen, Chail also pleaded guilty to possession of an assault weapon and threatening to kill while speaking at London’s Old Bailey via video link from a hospital. The psychiatric hospital is highly secured.
Before carrying out his plan, Chail is said to have tried to join the UK Ministry of Defense in hopes of being close to the royal family. On the day of his detention, Chail climbed the castle walls using a rope ladder and was able to wander around the castle grounds in about two hours.
A royal guard officer spotted Chail wearing a hood and mask that was described as looking “like something straight out of a security film” around 8:10am near the gate near the private apartment of the queen. The officer pulled out his stun gun and said, “Good morning, can I help you, man?” Chail replied, “I’m here to kill the queen.”
The officer immediately ordered Chail to release the crossbow, which was found to be bolted and unlatched. Chail was also asked to kneel and put his hands on his head — he then repeated his intention to kill the monarch.
A search of his person discovered that Chail was carrying a handwritten note that read: “Please don’t take off my clothes, shoes and gloves, mask, etc., don’t want an autopsy. exam, don’t want to be mummified, thank you and I ‘I’m sorry.”
In a video posted on Snapchat shortly before entering the castle, Chail said: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry for what I did and what I will do. I will plot to assassinate Elizabeth, queen of the royal family.” Chail added: “This is revenge for those who died in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919,” referring to the British military’s mass killing of unarmed Indian protesters. “It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated against because of their race,” said Chail.
Chail was the first person convicted under the British Treason Act 1842 since 1981, when Marcus Sarjeant was jailed for five years for shooting the queen six times while she was riding down the Mall before Buckingham Palace.
Britain has not prosecuted anyone under the Treason Act 1351 more seriously since the end of World War II. William Joyce, nickname Lord Haw-Hawwas hanged in 1946 for treason after conducting Nazi propaganda radio broadcasts during the conflict.