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Buckingham Palace intruder gets 16 months in jail

David Belmar jumped a vehicle barrier at Buckingham Palace with a six-inch knife in his pocket.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Jan. 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM   |   Comments

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Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A 44-year-old British man with mental health problems has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for a misguided attempt to see Queen Elizabeth last October.

David Belmar jumped over a vehicle barrier near the staff entrance to Buckingham Palace with a knife in his pocket. He reportedly told police at the time that he "wanted to see the queen" because he was "not happy with his benefits."

A judge at London's Southwark Crown Court sentenced Belmar on Wednesday for trespassing and possession of a bladed article. The prosecution argued that Belmar, who was arrested in 1989 for throwing fireworks onto the palace grounds, was "a danger not just to himself but to others."

[BBC News]

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