Sentence for crossbow defendant Chail

Sentence for crossbow defendant Chail

06 Oct 2023
Nadia Chbat

Nadia Chbat, of 4KBW, defending J. Chail, at the Old Bailey yesterday, secured a sentence ensuring the defendant is able to continue to receive psychiatric treatment as part of his sentence.  

Mr Justice Hilliard heard expert psychiatric evidence and legal submissions over 7 days, concluding in favour of the defence. The sentence was televised and live streamed.

Miss Chbat has been instructed by Catherine Brymer, of Albin and Co solicitors, Reading, since Chail was charged on the 2 August 2022.

He is the first person in the UK to be convicted of treason since 1981.

A hybrid order under S45A of the MHA 1983 was considered necessary and although the defendant received an extended sentence of 9 yrs Imprisonment and 5 yrs extended licence period, he will remain in Broadmoor Hospital and receive treatment.

Only once the hospital consider treatment has been completed will he then be moved to prison to serve the remaining part of his sentence.

On Christmas Day 2021, Chail was arrested in the grounds of Windsor castle, by a protection officer of the Royalty & Specialist Protection Command Unit. He was at the gate which serves as the main access point into the private part of the castle, where immediate access can be gained into the Queen’s private apartments. The defendant said, “I am here to kill the Queen”.