New Zealand revealed a troubled teenager attempted to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during her 1981 visit to the country, newly released documents stated.
New Zealand Security Intelligence released the documents stating then 17-year-old Christopher John Lewis wanted to kill the queen but did not have a good view or powerful enough rifle. He fired a single wayward shot, which likely passed above the crowd.
“Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the queen, however, did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the range from the target,” a memo from 1997 stated.
The documents say police found a .22-caliber rifle with a discharged cartridge on the fifth floor of a building after Lewis told them it was there.
At the time of the incident, police told journalists who heard the suspicious noise that it was a sign falling over, and later said it might have been firecrackers. Police appeared to downplay the seriousness of the incident, and only charged Lewis with possessing and firing a weapon in public.
In 1986, police monitored Lewis when the queen visited the country again. They paid for Lewis’ vacation to a remote island, gave him a car and spending money.
However, Lewis was charged with murder more than a decade after the attempted assassination, Reuters reported. Lewis was accused of the brutal killing of a mother and abducting her infant child. The child was left at a church.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Kathleen Joyce