Man arrested for dashing Queen’s casket was checking if she was ‘alive’

Man arrested for dashing Queen’s casket was checking if she was ‘alive’

The person arrested for allegedly bum-rushing Queen Elizabeth II’s casket was reportedly checking to see if she was alive. The bombshell got here out whereas the accused offender, Muhammad Khan, appeared in courtroom.

“On the time once you have been in Westminster you didn’t settle for that the Queen was lifeless and that was the explanation you have been transferring in the direction of the coffin to fulfill your self that she was,” Decide Michael Snow instructed the defendant through the wild listening to, per the BBC.

He was addressing the surprising incident that occurred Friday evening after the 28-year-old defendant allegedly tried to seize the flag draped over Her Majesty’s casket as she lay in state at Westminster Corridor. Khan had been amongst about 250,000 individuals who shuffled via the royal corridor between Wednesday and Monday to go to the deceased monarch after ready for hours alongside the banks of the River Thames, the Guardian reported.

The ultimate guests queue to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state in Westminster Corridor on September 19, 2022, in London, United Kingdom.
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“The defendant had reached Westminster Corridor. He was then seen by officers, who have been current, to method the coffin,” prosecutor Luke Staton mentioned describing the scene. “He stepped off the carpet within the route of the catafalque, then grabbed maintain of the Royal Customary flag draped over the coffin with each of his palms.”

A stay tv feed confirmed the defendant darting out of line and climbing up the steps to the catafalque earlier than touching the late monarch’s coffin.

The London native was subsequently detained, arrested and interviewed by police. It was then that he reportedly revealed that he believed the Queen — who died on September 8, 2022 — was nonetheless alive, the courtroom heard.

“The defendant did categorical the concept that the Queen will not be lifeless and that he approached the coffin as a result of he needed to examine for himself,” declared Staton. “He did say, previous to the state funeral, he was planning on going to the funeral.”

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II after the end of the ceremonial and the queuing of the public to pay homage to the Queen Elizabeth II lying in state in Westminster Hall on September 19, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lay in state in Westminster Corridor on September 19, 2022, in London, United Kingdom.
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As well as, Mr. Khan had deliberate to write down to the Royal Household, and if they didn’t reply, he was going to go to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Fortress and Balmoral “to attempt to make contact” with Her Majesty. When requested what number of occasions he’d tried this mission, the Londoner replied, “So long as I’m residing.”

Mr. Khan had been charged with conduct indenting to trigger alarm, harassment or misery. Nonetheless, he was subsequently let loose on bail on the situation that he stays in a psychological hospital till his subsequent courtroom on October 18, the BBC reported.

Regardless of this, the defendant was declared unfit to take part within the authorized proceedings after medical doctors decided that he’d been experiencing delusions.

“He’s delusional nonetheless and thinks the Queen will not be lifeless,” declared Decide Snow, “thinks King Charles has one thing to do with it and will go to Windsor Fortress to pay his respects, but in addition as a result of he nonetheless thinks she is alive.”

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