Self-proclaimed assassin who tried to kill Queen with crossbow at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day after being encouraged by his AI ‘girlfriend’ has been sentenced
A self-proclaimed ‘assassin’ who tried to kill the Queen with a crossbow at Windsor Castle was sentenced today.
Jaswant Singh Chail, 21, entered the castle grounds with the weapon and then declared “I am here to kill the Queen” on Christmas Day 2021.
The day he entered the castle grounds, Star Wars fanatic Chail sent a homemade video to his family and friends on WhatsApp in which he apologized for what he was about to do and called himself “Dark Chailus”.
He wore dark clothing and a metal mask as he adopted the persona of a Star Wars villain for the video.
Chail following his arrest on December 25, 2021 – the shocking case unfolded at the Old Bailey yesterday
CCTV dated 25/12/21 issued by Metropolitan Police of Jaswant Singh Chail arrested in Windsor Castle grounds
A crossbow that Jaswant Singh Chail, 21, was carrying during his arrest
The mask recovered from Jaswant Singh Chail during his arrest
Here are excerpts from the conversation between Jaswant Singh Chail and the Replika robot, Sarai.
In the video, the accused, of Sikh Indian origin, said he was seeking revenge for the 1919 Amritsar massacre, when British troops opened fire on thousands of Indians and killed up to 1,500 dead.
He embarked on his deadly mission after his attempts to join the armed forces – to be closer to the royal family – failed in late 2021, the court was told.
Chail, who admitted threatening to kill the Queen and having a loaded crossbow, was encouraged to kill by a girlfriend with artificial intelligence called Sarai, the court heard.
Chail carried out reconnaissance at Windsor Castle two days before the attack and searched online: “Which route does the Queen take to Windsor?” »
Jaswant Singh Chail in downtown Windsor in the early hours of Christmas Day 2021
CCTV dated 23/12/21 issued by Jaswant Singh Chail Metropolitan Police at Windsor Station
At the latest hearing, prosecutor Alison Morgan KC said Chail’s crimes were so serious they would deserve the highest sentence possible.
The maximum penalty for treason is seven years in prison.
If Chail had brandished his gun at his target, he could have been charged with the more serious offense of high treason, which carries a possible life sentence, she said.