Horse Guards Parade: Man appears in court charged with attempted GBH and possession of blade

Large areas of London were cordoned off after the incident
Large areas of London were cordoned off after the incident

A south east London man has appeared in court charged with an incident in which two police officers were threatened at knifepoint in Horse Guards Parade


Prashanth Kandaiah, 29 appeared a day after he was tasered and arrested by the two officers from the Ministry of Defence police, who were on patrol in the area around Horse Guards.

Kandaiah appeared in the dock at Westminster magistrates court and spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

He is charged with two offences, attempted grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article.

His legal team confirmed in court that he plans to plead guilty to possession of the weapon, a black-handled kitchen knife.

A large part of Whitehall was sealed off for several hours on Monday morning as police dealt with the incident.

After his brief appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning, Kandaiah was remanded in custody.

He will appear in court again, this time Southwark Crown Court, on 17 May.