A 21-year-old Briton has been sentenced to nine years in prison for planning to kill Queen Elizabeth on Christmas Day 2021. The court in London also sentenced Jaswant Singh Chhil to long-term treatment in a psychiatric hospital.
The man entered the grounds of Windsor Castle almost two years ago, as Queen Elizabeth delivered her Christmas speech later in the day. Jaswant Singh Cheel climbed over a wall using a rope ladder and was not spotted by security guards until two hours later, after which he was arrested. He was dressed as a Star Wars villain and carrying a loaded crossbow.
In a pre-recorded video message, he said he wanted revenge for those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 when the colonial British army opened fire on unarmed men, women and children in a park in the Indian city of Amritsar. In the same video, Shail said he wanted to stand “with everyone who has been killed, humiliated and discriminated against because of their race.”
Chail was fascinated by the Sith Lords from Star Wars and discussed his plans with the AI chatbot, which he considered his girlfriend. Police found thousands of messages on his computer. For example, he described himself as a “pathetic Sikh Lord who wants to die.”
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 last year at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96 years old.
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