Intruder at Kensington Palace Sent to Psychiatric Hospital
LONDON (AP) _ A magistrate today ordered psychiatric treatment for the 27-year-old man who was accused of attacking two policemen with a hammer when he was found in the garden of Kensington Palace.
Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their two children live at the palace, along Princess Margaret and other members of Britain’s royal family.
Magistrate James Jobling ordered Mark Bela Stifter to undergo treatment for schizophrenia at a hospital for the mentally disabled in western England.
Defense lawyer James Dawson said Stifter attempted to enter the palace before dawn on Feb. 11 as a protest against unemployment in Britain and never intended to harm the royal family.
Police said two officers with the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Group tackled and handcuffed Stifter before he could breach a wall around the 17th- century, red-brick palace. Stifter and the two officers all suffered minor injuries in the struggle.