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A NEW Zealand teenage internet troll has been convicted of assaulting an Australian television journalist during an interview and ordered to pay him $440 for emotional harm.

Tristan Barker, son of former Split Enz drummer Michael Barker, was sentenced in Rotorua District Court today after pleading guilty to assaulting Seven Network's Today Tonight reporter David Eccleston.

He was convicted and discharged, and ordered to pay $440 to Eccleston as emotional compensation.

The assault took place in Rotorua in March during an interview that focused on Barker's internet trolling, which occurred when he was living in Australia.

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