Assault-accused teen remanded

Last updated 10:05 21/03/2013

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A teenager who allegedly assaulted a television reporter has had his name suppression lifted.

Tristan Barker, 18, of Rotorua is charged with assaulting an Australian reporter last month in Rotorua.

Barker appeared briefly in Rotorua District Court today, accompanied by his parents, and was further remanded on bail without plea until next month.

Lawyer Bill Lawson told the court he was seeking police diversion for Barker which may be resolved by the next court appearance.

Barker's name suppression imposed at his last court appearance two weeks ago was lifted by the court today.

Australian police are understood to be keen to talk to Barker over allegations he encouraged Facebook users to mock families of murder and suicide victims.

The comments were posted on-line when he was living in Australia.

Neither Barker, or his parents, wanted to comment outside court today on the allegations.

Lawson also declined to talk on why police diversion was being sought.

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- The Dominion Post

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