Police and Westminster council have failed in a bid to ban the 65th in line to the throne from the borough after years of violence, threats, criminal damage and racist behaviour.
Deputy District Judge Olwen Davies ruled that Rowan Nash Lascelles, 43, would just disregard the proposed Criminal Behaviour Order and take his offending to other neighbourhoods.
Rowan Nash Lascelles, who’s the son of the Hon. James Lascelles, the Queen’s first cousin once removed, fled the City of London Magistrates’ Court moments before the hearing and a warrant was issued for his apprehension.
The court was informed that he’s addicted to the potent synthetic marijuana ‘Spice’ and mixes with the users and dealers who gather in Westminster, particularly around The Strand.
The great-great-grandson of George VI has many convictions for racially aggravated criminal aggressions and was once banned from Sainsbury’s in The Strand for telling staff that they should go back to where they came from and that he was going to boot them out of the country because they weren’t English.
Scotland Yard had supported the request to ban him, with one officer, PC Zak Ali, telling the judge that Lascelles was a burden on the Metropolitan Police.
And Westminster’s rough sleeping coordinator, George Bossman, said Lascelles had always ended up losing his accommodation due to his unseemly behaviour and has now drained all of his options.
George Bossman said it requires a lot of money to put him in a hotel, and there was persistent anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, and that there have been terrifying destructive disturbances and racist behaviour and that he’s been engaging in the illegal use of substances and buying it in Westminster.
The court heard that his father, The Hon. James Lascelles had provided him with hotel accommodation in Victoria.
Judge Davies called him a persistent offender, who left misery in his wake.
Ignoring the Criminal Behaviour Order application, Judge Davies ruled that an order wouldn’t prevent him due to his established criminality, and said that he’s either incapable or unwilling to change and disregarded the criminal law.
He said an order banning him from Westminster would just be ignored, and if he didn’t follow the law he wouldn’t obey a Criminal Behaviour Order and would just offend in other London areas and transfer his suffering to Camden or Wandsworth.
The judge said that he would just ignore the proposed Criminal Behaviour Order, and this is why jail time is the only solution for this chap, and he might be the descendant of the Royal Family, but he’s only 65th in line to the throne, and why are we even pursuing this level of irrelevance? Because this is so far removed that it makes no difference, it’s not like he’s ever going to be the King of England, so therefore he should be punished like everyone else and sent to prison.
People like Lascelles, when they’re locked up, if they’re locked up, end up being detoxed, free bed and board and develop a habit of doing it for a break. It happens all over the United Kingdom, especially when hotels won’t take them due to the risk of attacks on their staff and other residents.
Then they come out of prison, overdose and get free B&B at a hospital for a couple of days. This sets up all the food bank vouchers et cetera, leaving cash for drugs until the next crime.