NZ teen shot at Queen, ex-cop al­leges

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❝ The fact an at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion of the Queen had taken place in New Zealand ... it was too po­lit­i­cally hot to han­dle. — For­mer po­lice of­fi­cer Tom Lewis

A FOR­MER po­lice of­fi­cer has claimed that a teenager came in­cred­i­bly close to as­sas­si­nat­ing the Queen dur­ing a 1981 visit to New Zealand – and the NZ govern­ment tried to cover it up.

At the age of 17, Christo­pher John Lewis, from Dunedin, joined cheer­ing crowds to watch the monarch pass through dur­ing a diplo­matic trip, The Sun re­ports.

Armed with a .22 ri­fle, he shot at the Queen as she stepped out of her Rolls-Royce. De­spite a loud bang, the crowd seem­ingly was un­aware of what had hap­pened and the pa­rade con­tin­ued.

For­mer Dunedin of­fi­cer Tom Lewis said po­lice launched a cover-up to con­ceal just how se­ri­ous the event could have been.

He said the govern­ment feared the roy­als would not come back to New Zealand if they found out just how close the Queen had come to be­ing as­sas­si­nated.

He also says that Lewis’s orig­i­nal state­ment was de­stroyed, and po­lice de­cided to not charge the man be­cause of or­ders from “up top”.

“The fact an at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion of the Queen had taken place in New Zealand ... it was too po­lit­i­cally hot to han­dle,” Mr Lewis said.

“I think the govern­ment took the view that he is a bit nutty and has had a hard up­bring­ing, so it won’t be too harsh.”

The teenager’s charge was down­graded to pos­sess­ing a firearm and dis­charg­ing it in a pub­lic place.

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