A man grabbing the flag draped over it Coffin of Queen Elizabeth IIn planned to enter royal residences including Buckingham Palace.
It comes because the man didn’t believe the late monarch was dead, a court heard today.
Muhammad Khan, 28, reportedly exited the queue at Westminster Hall on Friday night the monarch was standing still when the live feed was cut short.
Khan was arrested on the spot and appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with two counts under the Public Order Act.
Prosecutor Luke Staton said Khan was among around 250,000 people who walked through the hall between 5pm Wednesday and early Monday morning to pay their respects after queuing for hours on the banks of the Thames.
“The defendant had reached Westminster Hall. He was then seen by officers present approach the coffin,” he said.
“He stepped off the carpet towards the catafalque and then grabbed the Royal Standard flag draped over the coffin with both hands.”
The court heard he was quickly arrested, arrested and interrogated by the police.
“The defendant expressed the idea that the Queen is not dead and that he approached the coffin because he wanted to check it himself,” Mr Staton said.
“He said before the state funeral that he was planning to go to the funeral.
“He planned to write to the royal family and if they didn’t reply he planned to go to Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Balmoral to try and speak to the Queen.”
The court heard Khan say if he didn’t succeed, “I would have to enter trespassing to try to make contact,” and when asked how many times he would try, he replied, “As long as I live.”
District Judge Michael Snow did not question Khan, who was not represented by an attorney, after doctors ruled him unfit to stand trial.
The court heard he was delusional and the judge told him: ‘When you were in Westminster you didn’t accept that the Queen was dead, and that’s why you walked up to the coffin to make sure.”
He added: “He’s still delusional thinking the Queen isn’t dead, thinking King Charles has something to do with it and possibly going to Windsor Castle to pay his respects but also because he’s always.” nor believes she is alive.”
Khan spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and that he was staying with a friend in Wood Green, north London, during the hearing.
The judge granted him bail on condition that he remain in a psychiatric hospital in east London until his next appearance before the same court on October 18.
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