Schizophrenic man, 46, who was caught entering Buckingham Palace with a Stanley knife after sneaking through an open gate ‘to use the toilet’, gets six months in prison
- Chorrie Thompson, 46, was held by security outside Buckingham Palace
- Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard Thompson following a car through a gate
- When detained by security, he was found to be carrying a ‘Stanley-type knife’
- He will serve a minimum of three months of his six-month prison sentence
Chorrie Thompson, 46, had 32 previous convictions before being held at Buckingham Palace while carrying a car through an open gate
An intruder who told Buckingham Palace guards that he was trying to find a toilet when he was caught trespassing a box cutter has been detained for six months.
Convicted burglar Chorrie Thompson, 46, was held by palace security after sneaking through an open gate when a vehicle entered, a court has heard today.
When confronted by staff, Thompson – who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia – became ‘agitated’ and threw papers on the floor before being detained.
He gave a false name and a search was found to have a ‘Stanley-type locking blade’.
Thompson was sentenced to six months behind bars for possession of a bladed object and entering a protected site when he appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court today.
When he convicted Thompson, a judge said he had “no idea” whether “his intention was to frighten or harm a member of the royal family or their staff.”
District Judge Andrew Goldspring said, “I have no idea what his intent was because he wasn’t going to deal with parole.
‘I don’t accept at this stage that he wanted to use the toilet. Let’s be blunt about it, he couldn’t have been unaware of where he was – it’s a pretty obvious building, quite big, most people know what it is.
He gave a false name. Whenever he asks that specific question, but interestingly not the other questions, he doesn’t comment, perhaps because he knows very well what his intention was.
“Your real reason for being there may be more serious than I could estimate, but I’m not going to take that leap and guess why you’re there.”
Tom Heslop, the prosecutor, told the court that Thompson entered Buckingham Palace through a side entrance on Thursday, April 15 this year at around 11:30 a.m.
He said, “When the office there had to open the gates for a vehicle to pass through, Mr. Thompson was challenged and said he wanted to use the restroom.
He was held just outside the palace gates.
Thompson, pictured, gave a false name when he was detained by security after entering the palace grounds – pictured here on CCTV
In compensation, Anthony James told Thompson that his client had been arrested outside Buckingham Palace for starting to leave on his own
“After a house search, he was found in possession of a box cutter.”
Anthony James, in mitigation, claimed that Thompson was actually arrested outside the gates after he left on his own.
He said, ‘There is no burglary, the defendant came in when the gates were open. He was arrested after just 10 seconds.
The extent of the violation was in the security lodge, not the main building. He had actually started to leave the area when he was stopped.
‘He briefly entered an area and indeed as soon as he saw people there he threw down some documents and left and was arrested outside the area where he was infringing.
District Judge Goldspring, sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, sentenced Thompson to six months in prison for possession of the knife and two months for entering a protected area. He will serve a minimum of three months before being released in license
“That can give you some assurance whether he intended to enter the main building on some pre-planned major offense or because of his mental health problems.”
The court heard that Thompson had previous convictions for possession of a knife in 1990 and 1992. He had a total of 32 convictions, of which 13 for burglary.
District Judge Goldspring sentenced Thompson, with no fixed address, to six months in prison for possession of a bladed item and two months for entering a protected area. He will serve for three months before being released on license.