An intruder at Windsor Castle who intended to kill the Queen apologizes to the royal family
A man who stormed Windsor Castle armed with a loaded crossbow to kill the late Queen has apologized to the royal family for bringing “such horrific and disturbing times to their front door”.
Jaswant Singh Cheel, now 21, was 18 when he was arrested in the castle grounds after being found with the weapon on Christmas Day 2021.
He has it He confessed to treason Since then he has been detained in a psychiatric facility.
At a court hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, his lawyer Nadia Chabat said he had written to the king and his family to express his remorse.
“He expressed his distress and distress at the impact of his actions on the Royal Family, particularly while Her Majesty was in her final years,” she told the court, after seven days of evidence into his mental state.
She added that he had written a letter to the King, adding: “He has apologized to the Royal Family and His Majesty King Charles.
“He is embarrassed and ashamed that he brought such a horrific and troubling time to their front door. He expressed relief that no one was actually hurt. It is important to him that there is a surrender.”
“Nice and gentle” before mental health deteriorates
In their defence, his family said he was a kind, gentle and often funny character before his mental health deteriorated.
His lawyer added that the imposition of national coronavirus lockdowns served as a backdrop to his ill health.
She and his father, a software consultant who works in the aviation industry, his mother, a special needs teacher, and his twin sister, a college student, were a “tight-knit family unit,” she told the hearing.
She added that the unit was “shocked and completely devastated” by his actions.
He added: “This deep remorse will remain with him for the rest of his life because of the seriousness of the abuse that occurred.”
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The Star Wars geek went to Windsor after adopting a character from the film series he called Darth Shailos, his lawyer said.
He was wearing dark clothes and a metal mask.
Seeking revenge on the Sikhs massacre
Chael, from Southampton, sent a WhatsApp video to family and friends apologizing for what he was about to do.
He said he seeks revenge for the victims of the 1919 Amritsar massacre, when British forces killed thousands of Indians, given his Indian Sikh heritage.
The court was told that he had tried to ingratiate himself with members of the royal family through failed attempts to join the armed forces.
Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC told the hearing that the fact his crossbow was loaded should mean his sentence was longer.
She said: “I can think of three offenses that carry a life sentence that Mr Chell could have faced, especially if he had lifted that crossbow in the castle.”
Judge Mr Hilliard will have to decide whether he should be jailed or detained under the Mental Health Act or face a “combined” order.
His treating psychiatrist, Dr. Christian Braun, who recommended he go to hospital, suggested that Chael would need about 18 months of individual therapy.
But Professor Nigel Blackwood, prosecuting, said the attack was carefully planned and Chael was well aware it was a mistake.
Chael, who appeared via video link from high-security Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, admitted he had threatened to kill the Queen. He is scheduled to be sentenced in the same court on October 5.