Caution For 'Egg Boy' Over Anning Scuffle
A teenager who cracked an egg on Senator Fraser Anning's head last month has avoided criminal charges but learned a profound lesson.
Will Connolly, 17, has received an official caution from police over the incident, prompted by what the teen's lawyers described as a passionate point of view.
Senator Anning, 69, also avoided charges for subsequently striking the youth.
The incident followed remarks from the senator blaming Muslim migrants for the New Zealand terror attack in which a white supremacist killed 50 worshippers at Mosques.
"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 in a statement on Tuesday.
Mr Connolly's lawyer Peter Gordon said the teen had been counselled by his parents as well as police about his behaviour, and he labelled police resolution of the matter as common sense.
"It was the wrong way of going about what was a passionately-held belief and desire for a greater level of civility from our community and from our politicians," he said.
"On the other hand he acknowledges that it has brought a lot of happiness and relief to a lot of people and has brought together a lot of people who, like him, share a desire for a greater level of acceptance and decency and civility in our public and political discourse."
But Mr Gordon said Mr Connolly also regretted his actions and understood politicians have the right to express their views without being egged.
Detectives are still hoping to identify a young man seen kicking Mr Connolly while he was being held to the ground by others during the Moorabbin scuffle on March 16.
Mr Gordon said Mr Connolly had no involvement in the police decision to pursue that man.
He also doesn't intend to pursue complaints against Senator Anning or others involved.
More than $100,000 was raised by the public for Mr Connolly to answer any legal action.
The proceeds will be donated to the Christchurch Foundation to support victims of the March terror attack.
Senator Anning was censured by parliament last week over his divisive comments.
Labor's Senate leader Penny Wong described his commentary as pathetic.