Police charge man with kicking teenage boy who egged Fraser Anning

Updated April 09, 2019 18:21:26

Police have charged a man with kicking the teenager who smashed an egg on Queensland senator Fraser Anning’s head last month.

Key points:

  • A 20-year-old man has been charged over a scuffle that broke out after the egging
  • Neither Senator Anning or the boy who egged him will be charged
  • The teenage boy did not request that anybody be charged over the melee

Will Connolly, 17, was dubbed “Egg Boy” on social media after he was filmed cracking the egg over Senator Anning’s head while the senator spoke at a political meeting in Melbourne’s south-east.

Will said the egging was in response to offensive anti-immigration comments made by Senator Anning about the Christchurch terror attack.

In response, Senator Anning swung his arm at the boy twice.

A staffer for Senator Anning then separated the pair, while the politician’s supporters tackled the teenager to the ground and a brief scuffle ensued.

Yesterday, police released a photo of a man who allegedly kicked the teen while he was restrained on the ground by Senator Anning’s supporters.

Officers have since interviewed and released a 20-year-old West Footscray man who will be charged on summons with “assault by kicking”, Victoria Police said in a statement.

Police have confirmed they will not lay any charges against either Will or Senator Anning over the incident.

“Investigators reviewed CCTV footage of the incident and both parties were interviewed,” a Victoria Police statement said.

“The 17-year-old Hampton boy has been issued with an official caution in relation to the incident.

“A decision has been made not to charge the 69-year-old man.

“On assessment of all the circumstances, the 69-year-old’s actions were treated as self-defence and there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.”

Teen acknowledges egging was wrong

Lawyer Peter Gordon, who is acting for Will and his family, said Will wanted to thank the police for their “common sense” resolution of the matter.

“He’s immensely relieved the police have taken the decision not to lay criminal charges but only to issue him with a formal caution over the events for which he has become known as ‘Egg Boy’,” Mr Gordon said.

Mr Gordon said more than $100,000 in donations made by the public to Will in the wake of the scuffle was being donated to the Christchurch Foundation, a charity organisation working with families directly affected by the attack.

He said Will had never sought for police to lay charges over the incident, and now wanted to focus on his Year 12 studies.

“He appreciates that he went about expressing a passionately held point of view in the wrong way and he acknowledges that, he’s been counselled about that by his parents and he’s been formally cautioned about that by the police,” Mr Gordon said.

“I don’t think Will will ever egg anyone in these circumstances again.”

Last week, Senator Anning was censured by the Senate for his statement about the Christchurch attack.

He has refused to apologise for his comments, and has previously defended hitting the teenager.

“He got a slap across the face, which is what his mother should have given him long ago, because he’s been misbehaving badly,” Senator Anning said after the incident.

Topics: government-and-politics, immigration, community-and-society, law-crime-and-justice, race-relations, melbourne-3000, vic

First posted April 09, 2019 10:28:05

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