Man who grabbed Queen’s coffin ‘thinks she’s still alive and wanted to check’

A man who allegedly tried to approach the Queen's coffin is said to have wanted to check whether or not Her Majesty was actually dead, a court heard.

Muhammad Khan, 28, was arrested after allegedly leaving the queue in Westminster Hall and trying to lift the Royal Standard off of Her Majesty's coffin.

The court heard how the 28-year-old, dubbed the "coffin raider", had left a queue of mourners at Westminster and approached the coffin before being tackled to the ground by several police officers because he wanted to "check for himself" that the Queen had died.

Khan has since appeared at Westminster Magistrate's Court earlier today and was charged with two breaches of the Public Order Act.

Khan had been one of thousands of people who had filed into Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the monarch after hours and hours spent queuing along the banks of the River Thames.

Prosecutor Luke Staton said: "The defendant had reached Westminster Hall. He was then seen by officers, who were present, to approach the coffin.

"He stepped off the carpet in the direction of the catafalque, then grabbed hold of the Royal Standard flag draped over the coffin with both of his hands.

"The defendant did express the idea the Queen is not dead and that he approached the coffin because he wanted to check for himself."

Members of the court also heard that Khan had wanted to "check for himself" that Her Majesty had actually died, which is allegedly why he had approached the coffin.

According to the prosecution: "He did say, prior to the state funeral, he was planning on going to the funeral

"He planned to write to the royal family and if they did not reply he planned to go to Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Balmoral to try to speak to the Queen."

The court heard that Khan, should he have been unsuccessful, would "have to trespass" to make contact with the Royal Family, and said he would try and contact them "as long as I'm living."

Judge Michael Snow said: "He is delusional still and thinks the Queen is not dead, thinks King Charles has something to do with it and may go to Windsor Castle to pay his respects but also because he still thinks she is alive."

Khan was granted bail on the condition that he stays in a mental health hospital until he re-appears at the same court date on October 18.

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