Man Charged With Windsor Castle Crossbow Incident On Christmas Day

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, from Southampton has been charged with intending to alarm or injure the Queen under the Treason Act after he was caught at Windsor Castle armed with a crossbow on Christmas Day last year, Metropolitan Police said.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, has been charged under the Treason Act
Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, has been charged under the Treason Act

Police were called to Windsor Castle at around 8.30am on Christmas Day last year, they arrested a man in possession of a crossbow in the castle grounds.


20-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail, from Southampton, has today been charged with the following offences:


  • An offence under section 2 of the Treason Act, 1842;

  • Threats to kill (contrary to section 16 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861);

  • Possession of an offensive weapon (contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953).

Chail is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 17 August. He is currently being held in custody.



The head of the Crown Prosecution's Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, Nick Price, confirmed it has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Chail "after he was arrested in the grounds of Windsor Castle on 25 December 2021 carrying a crossbow".


Mr Price added: "Mr Chail, 20, has been charged with making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon, and an offence under the 1842 Treason Act. "The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Chail are active and that he has the right to a fair trial."


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