/Fraser Anning wont be charged over Egg Boy reaction after police decide it was self-defence

Fraser Anning wont be charged over Egg Boy reaction after police decide it was self-defence

Updated

April 09, 2019 11:00:32

Police have cleared Queensland senator Fraser Anning for hitting a Melbourne teenager who smashed an egg on his head, describing the reaction as self-defence.

Key points:

  • The boy who egged Senator Anning has been formally cautioned by police
  • Senator Anning has been cleared after police determined there was “no reasonable prospect of conviction”
  • Police are still searching for a man they say kicked the boy after the egging

Will Connolly, 17, was filmed breaking an egg on the senator’s head while he spoke at a political meeting in Melbourne’s south-east last month.

In response, Senator Anning swung two punches at the boy.

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

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

Victoria Police confirmed this morning it had finished its investigation into the melee and no charges had been laid.

“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.”

Police said they were still trying to identify a man who allegedly kicked the teen while he was restrained on the ground by Senator Anning’s supporters.

Yesterday, they released a photo of the man they were searching for.

“Detectives continue to appeal for public assistance to identify a man involved in the assault in Moorabbin on 16 March,” the statement said.

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