Former Dunedin police officer, Tom Lewis, who worked on the 1981 case said: “You will never get a true file on that. It was reactivated, regurgitated, bits pulled off it, other false bits put on.”

Christopher John Lewis, 17, fired a bullet as the crowd cheered, totally unaware they had nearly witnessed the assassination of the British monarch.

Lewis had learned about National Front and right wing organisations across the UK, being allegedly told by “The Snowman” he would be helped by similar groups in his own country.

Lewis was questioned eight times after the attempted attack. When his flat was raided clippings of the Royal Family were found in his grimy flat.

When they were questioned over a brief disturbance, officers even said a sign had fallen over, causing a loud bang.

Instead Lewis’s charge was downgraded to possession of a firearm in a public place and discharging it.

Murray Hanan, Lewis’s former lawyer, said: “The fact an attempted assassination of the Queen had taken place in New Zealand. It was too politically hot to handle. 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.”

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