Man held in Fiji for throwing bowl near UK princess
A 24-year-old man with a history of psychiatric problems hurled a steel bowl towards Queen Elizabeth II's daughter.india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 14:42 IST
A man was arrested after throwing a metal bowl in the direction of Britain's Princess Anne in the Fijian capital on Saturday, police said.
No one was injured in the fracas outside the Save the Children Fund office in Suva where Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter had just officiated at a charity function, police spokeswoman Sylvia Low said.
A 24-year-old man with a history of psychiatric problems hurled a 15-centimetre diameter steel bowl toward a policeman who was closing the door of a car the princess had just entered, Low said.
The bowl struck no one.
"A police officer was closing the door and this guy who lived right next door -- he's a psychiatric patient -- he threw a steel mortar, and he threw it toward the police officer," Low said over telephone from Suva.
"The officer was near the princess, but she was already seated in the vehicle," she added.
Police officers chased the man into his house where he attacked them with a crow bar before he was arrested and took him into custody to be interviewed, Low said.
The man has yet to be charged but is expected to appear before a magistrate on Monday, she said.
It was the second of two incidents within five hours that tested the security provided for the princess during her three-day visit to the former British colony in the South Pacific, a police statement said.
About sunrise today, a 24-year-old drunken electrician was arrested as he entered the compound of Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's official residence, Borron House, where the princess was staying, police said.