The man who once shot at Prince Charles with a starting pistol grew up to become a barrister – despite being found guilty of the strange crime.
David Kang fired two blanks at the Prince of Wales during an event in Sydney, Australia in 1994.
Then 23, the university student jumped out of a packed crowd and fired at the heir to the British throne from around six metres away – before being tackled by security
The event is often forgotten in the packed history of the royal family – but is remarkable if only for Charles’ unfazed reaction.
The prince, now 72, can be seen adjusting his cufflinks and smirking as bodyguards wrestle with Mr Kang to the ground.
Initial fears that the young gunman had tried to assassinate the prominent royal were quickly quashed in the frenzied aftermath 27 years ago.
Then Australian prime minister Paul Keating said he was “embarrassed’ by the incident – but dismissed the idea Mr Kang was trying to kill Charles.
In a television interview at the time, he said: “Prince Charles is a good friend of this country and he should be treated with the respect and dignity that a good friend deserves.
“His control in the circumstances, I think, reflected the professional attitude that he has…the important thing to record about this is that it was not an assassination attempt. It was a political demonstration.”
It later emerged that Mr Kang was apparently protesting about the treatment of the Cambodian boat people, a group of more than 100 forced to remain off the coast of Sydney while their refuge claims were dragged out.
The assailant was eventually found guilty of threatening unlawful violence and sentenced to 500 hours of community service.
And, when it was announced that Charles would be visiting Australia again in 2005, a newspaper tracked Mr Kang down – and revealed he was a qualified barrister.
The Sydney Morning Herald – then the Sun-Herald – put forward that the brush with the law had changed the direction of his life.
Mr Kang told the paper: “What happened 11 years ago was an extremely traumatic experience and I have certainly moved on in my life and now I have become a barrister here in Sydney.
“To think about it even now unsettles me a little bit…what happened back then was extremely traumatic and the effect it had on my family was deeply upsetting.”
Video and pictures of the dramatic moment were beamed around the world in the days and weeks that followed, which show almost a dozen men piling onto Mr Kang on stage.
The gunman was later hauled in front of magistrates in Sydney.
Mr Kang had reportedly written around 500 letters about the boat people to newspapers, church-people and world leaders, including President Clinton.
He had even sent one to Prince Charles to which his private secretary had replied.
During the court case at Sydney’s central magistrate’s court, the prosecutor said: “In one letter, he indicated it was a cause he was prepared to die.”
But Mr Kang said he was trying to highlight the plight of the Cambodian boat people and suffered from depression.
Describing the incident a year after, he said he thought the prince’s bodyguards would gun him down.
He said: “I didn’t trip on the stage, I deliberately fell, because I didn’t have any intention to hurt anyone.
“I could hardly believe that I’d reached the stage, and when I slid across, nothing had happened to me, nobody had touched me.”
Mr Kang, now 50, was deemed a “fit and proper person” by the New South Wales Bar Association and admitted as a barrister in 2004.