A guy who appeared to grab the flag draped about the Queen’s coffin planned to trespass at royal residences because he did not feel she was dead, a court docket has listened to.
Muhammad Khan, 28, allegedly still left the queue in Westminster Corridor on Friday evening when the Queen was lying in condition as the stay feed briefly slash absent.
Khan was arrested and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with two counts less than the Public Order Act.
Prosecutor Luke Staton reported Khan had been amid close to 250,000 men and women who filed by way of the corridor amongst 5pm on Wednesday right until early Monday early morning just after queuing for several hours to see the Queen’s coffin.
Mr Staton reported the defendant was seen by officers, who have been existing, to method the coffin.
“He stepped off the carpet in the path of the catafalque, then grabbed hold of the Royal Regular flag draped over the coffin with both of his hands,” he added.
The court read he was swiftly detained, arrested and interviewed by law enforcement.
Mr Staton extra: “The defendant did convey the concept that the Queen is not dead and that he approached the coffin because he wished to look at for himself.
“He did say, prior to the state funeral, he was scheduling on heading to the funeral.
“He prepared to produce to the royal family and if they did not reply he prepared to go to Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Balmoral to try out to speak to the Queen.”
The court listened to Khan claimed if he was unsuccessful: “I would have to trespass in get to test and make speak to.”
And when questioned how lots of times he would test, replied: “As lengthy as I am living.”
District Judge Michael Snow did dilemma Khan, who was not represented by a attorney, soon after physicians had assessed him as not match to get component in proceedings.
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The court docket listened to he was suffering from delusions and the decide instructed him: “At the time when you have been in Westminster you did not acknowledge that the Queen was useless and that was the purpose you were being transferring toward the coffin to satisfy your self that she was.”
He additional: “He is delusional even now and thinks the Queen is not dead, thinks King Charles has a thing to do with it and may possibly go to Windsor Castle to fork out his respects but also mainly because he nevertheless thinks she is alive.”
Khan spoke to ensure his title, day of birth and that he was staying at a friend’s handle in Wooden Environmentally friendly, north London, in the course of the hearing.
The choose granted him bail on affliction he remains in an east London mental well being hospital until eventually his upcoming visual appearance at the very same courtroom on 18 October.
Previous evening, the Queen was buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Supply: The Sun