A man with a history of mental illness jumped a barrier and attempted to run through a secured gate at Buckingham Palace Monday morning carrying a 6-inch knife. The palace intruder was seeking audience with Queen Elizabeth II, instead he found himself jailed, reports ABC News on Oct. 14.
The 44-year-old man, David Belmar from Haringey, north London, appeared at West London Magistrates on Tuesday and was remanded back to jail.
Belmar is said to have a fixation with the Queen; in 1989 he received a caution for lighting fireworks and chucking them over the fence and onto palace grounds.
Tourists watched as Belmar, dressed in jeans and a black jumper with an Umbro logo, walked up to the palace’s North Center Gate and suddenly bolted through the open irons.
Buckingham security tackled him, and found the kitchen knife wrapped in a plastic bag in his jacket pocket. The Queen was not in the palace at the time.
Prosecuting attorney Edward Aydin said Belmar told him he went to see the Queen because “he wasn’t happy about his welfare benefits… As you can see he’s quite a large man. He was rugby tackled to the ground because he wouldn’t stop. Police called out on two occasions.”
Aydin added: “His behavior… was unpredictable. He is a danger to the public, carrying a knife in central London, and he is a danger to the Queen.”
Defense Attorney Robert Katz disagreed, denying his client has a fixation with the Queen. Katz said Belmar has been receiving “incapacity benefits” for the past 10 years but that they suddenly stopped last month.
“He became very upset by that decision and he didn’t know how he was going to cope,” Katz said.
Why the knife?
Katz said Belmar never brandished the knife and was not going to use it, but that he had “wanted to draw publicity to what had happened to him.”