Man arrested for rushing queen’s coffin saw if she ‘alive’

The man arrested for allegedly upending Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in the butt reportedly wanted to check if she was alive. The bomb came out while the accused perpetrator, Muhammad Khan, appeared in court.

“At the time you were in Westminster you did not accept that the Queen was dead and that was why you moved to the coffin to make sure of it,” Judge Michael Snow told the accused during the wild hearing per the BBC.

He addressed the shocking incident that took place on Friday night after the 28-year-old accused allegedly tried to grab the flag draped over Her Majesty’s coffin as it lay in state at Westminster Hall. Khan was among some 250,000 people who shuffled through the Royal Hall to visit the late monarch between Wednesday and Monday after waiting for hours on the banks of the Thames, the Guardian reported.

The last visitors line up to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II who is in state at Westminster Hall on September 19, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
The last visitors line up to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at Westminster Hall on September 19, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
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“The defendant had reached Westminster Hall. He was then seen by officers present approaching the coffin,” prosecutor Luke Staton said. “He stepped off the carpet towards the catafalque and then grabbed the Royal Standard flag draped over the coffin with both hands.”

A live television broadcast showed the accused storming out of line and climbing the steps of the catafalque before touching the late monarch’s coffin.

The London native was subsequently arrested, arrested and questioned by police. At the time, he reportedly revealed he believed the Queen – who died on September 8, 2022 – was still alive, the court heard.

“The defendant has raised the idea that the queen is not dead and that he approached the coffin because he wanted to check it out for himself,” Staton explained. “He said before the state funeral that he planned to go to the funeral.”

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II after the end of the ceremony and queuing of the public to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II who is in state at Westminster Hall on September 19, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lay in state at Westminster Hall on September 19, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
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In addition, Mr Khan had planned to write to the Royal Family and if they did not reply he would visit Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral “to try and make contact” with Her Majesty. When asked how many times he’s attempted this mission, the Londoner replied, “As long as I live.”

Mr Khan had been charged with conduct aimed at causing alarm, harassment or distress. However, he was later released on bail on condition that he remain in a psychiatric hospital until his next trial on October 18, the BBC reported.

Despite this, the defendant was declared unfit to take part in the trial after doctors found him to be delusional.

“He’s still delusional and thinks the Queen isn’t dead,” Judge Snow explained, “believes King Charles has something to do with it and may be going to Windsor Castle to pay his respects but also because he’s always nor believes she is alive.”

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