By Brittany Chain For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 11:02 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 21:30 GMT, 2 December 2019
A teenager has been acquitted of assaulting a journalist and her photographer at a media conference held by controversial senator Fraser Anning.
Max Towns, now 19, was filmed attacking photographer Dylan Robinson after he tried to photograph him at the Cronulla media event, in Sydney's south in April.
The alteraction occurred a month after New Zealand's Christchurch massacre, where 51 Muslims were shot dead at two mosques.
Mr Anning, who lost his seat at the May election, had blamed Muslim immigration for the atrocity on the day of the attack, and was widely condemned by both sides of politics.
Magistrate Michael Love on Monday dismissed the teenager's charges, taking into account his anxiety, gambling problems and depression - and suggested he get psychiatric help.
Towns lives in Randwick and is understood to have attended Waverley College, a private school located in Sydney's ritzy eastern suburbs
Towns was accused of trying to punch Mr Robinson multiple times, tearing his shirt and swiping his camera.
The altercation allegedly started after he made a comment to