Windsor Castle ‘crossbow intruder’ who ‘threatened to kill Queen’ to stand trial

A man accused of attempting to kill the Queen after allegedly being caught with a loaded crossbow at Windsor Castle is to stand trial.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, was allegedly carrying a crossbow.

He was arrested and charged with three offences, including one offence under the Treason Act.

The first charge alleges Chail set out to ‘discharge, point, aim or present firearm at the Sovereign with intent to injure or alarm or to break public peace’.

The charge alleges that on Christmas Day 2021 at Windsor Castle he ‘wilfully presented at or near to the person of Queen Elizabeth the Second, arms, namely a crossbow, with intent to injure the person of the Queen, or to break the public peace, or whereby the public peace may be endangered, or with intent to alarm her Majesty.’

He is also charged with making a threat to kill the Queen to Kashmir Chail and others on the same date intending they “would fear said threat to be carried out”.

He is further accused of having a loaded crossbow, an offensive weapon, in a public place.

On Wednesday, Jaswant Singh Chail appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link for a plea and case management hearing.

Wearing a black hooded top and matching T-shirt, the former supermarket worker spoke to confirm his name and date of birth.

The plea hearing was put off to a date to be fixed in December for further evidence to be obtained.

Mr Justice Sweeney also set a provisional trial for March 20 next year to last two to three weeks.

The defendant, from Southampton in Hampshire, was remanded in custody.