A man broke into the grounds of Buckingham Palace with a Stanley knife – before asking security if he could use the toilet.
Chorrie Thompson, 46, was apprehended by police officers after getting into the London royal residence on April 15.
He slipped through a gate after a vehicle drove in and started wandering around.
Prosecutor Mike Mullin told Westminster Magistrates’ Court: “He says he wants to use the toilet and when he was refused permission he becomes aggressive and throws some documents he has onto the floor.
“He was only in there for 10 to 15 seconds before he leaves.”
When police officers arrived, they found Thompson carrying a Stanley-type carpenters’ knife.
Thompson held his back, which he complained was in pain, when he appeared in the dock of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 7, wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit.
He spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and that he was of no fixed address, before pleading guilty to possessing a locking type of craft knife and trespassing on a protected site.
Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring said: “This is obviously a serious and significant case given the nature of where he was and the offending that took place.”
But he added: “I recognise he didn’t produce the knife, it was only found as a result of the search, which was inevitable.”
Mr Goldspring said Thompson faces a minimum six-month prison term as a starting point, but adjourned sentencing until May 28 for pre-sentence and psychiatric reports to be prepared.
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The court heard Thompson, who has a string of previous convictions for offences including burglary, had been in contact with a mental health team in Barnet, north London, and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
He was remanded in custody.
It is now known if any royals were in Buckingham Palace during the break-in.
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