Lman who had been arrested in Westminster Hall after trying to approach the coffin of Elizabeth II, exposed so that the British could pay their last respects, wanted to verify that she was indeed dead, said the judge before whom he appeared on Tuesday.
On Friday, Muhammad Khan, 28, had made the long queue that snaked through London to approach the remains of the sovereign who died on September 8 at the age of 96.
Once he had entered the hall of Westminster, where she lay, he had left the carpet in the direction of the catafalque and had seized with both hands a cloth which draped the coffin.
Quickly arrested by police, he appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday on two counts of disturbing public order.
The defendant “suffers from delirium and thinks the Queen is not dead”, said Judge Michael Snow, “he thinks King Charles has something to do with it and that he could go to Windsor Castle to pay homage to her, but also because he still thinks she’s alive. »
The judge did not question Muhammad Khan, whom doctors deemed unfit to take part in the proceedings. He just confirmed his name, date of birth, address and intervened once.
“The defendant claimed that the queen was not dead and that he approached the coffin because he wanted to check for himself,” detailed prosecutor Luke Staton.
Muhammad Khan has been released on bail on condition that he remain in a mental hospital in east London, until his next appearance in the same court on October 18.