Queen Elizabeth II Not At Buckingham Palace During Attack

Image: Queen Elizabeth II Not At Buckingham Palace During Attack David Belmar

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 09:04 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Queen Elizabeth II was not at Buckingham Palace Monday when a mentally deranged man in possession of a weapon with a 6-inch blade attempted to gain entry to the  residence before authorities wrestled him to the ground.

On Tuesday, 44-year-old David Belmar appeared in court where he pled guilty to trespassing on a protected site and possession of a bladed article, Britain's Sky News reported.

Belmar's apparent gripe with the queen stemmed from his government benefits being discontinued in September due to a reassessment under newly implemented rules by the government, Britain's Mirror reported.

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"I wanted to see the queen. I’m not happy about my benefits," a desperate Belmar told arresting officers, the Mirror noted.

Belmar, who is from the North London borough of Haringey, had reportedly been receiving government aid for the past decade.

In court, Prosecutor Edward Aydin described Belmar as "a danger to the Queen [and] a danger to the public," adding that "his behavior was unpredictable."

Belmar's attorney Robert Katz disputed the prosecution's charge, telling the court that his client did not have a fixation with the queen and was not brandishing a knife, as the prosecution had claimed, at the time of his arrest outside the palace's north center gate, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Belmar's knife had been recovered by authorities who found it wrapped in a plastic bag inside his jacket, Katz said.

Katz further claimed that Belmar had no intention of using the knife and was simply trying to bring attention to his circumstances, having been "very upset by" the government's decision to deny him benefits and not knowing "how he was going to cope," the Daily Mail reported.

In addition to being a tourist destination, Buckingham Palace's north center gate which Belmar chose as his entry point is frequently used by both member of the press and the royal family from which they often leave and enter the residence, Sky News noted in its coverage.

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This week's incident comes just six weeks after a man successfully breached the palace's perimeter, climbing over a fence and being found by security at 10:30 p.m. inside the residence.

The man, as well as an accomplice outside the gate, was arrested and charged with suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

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