A TikTok prankster who was banned by police from uploading videos to social media without consent has been released on bail again today (Thursday 21 September) after he allegedly breached his criminal behaviour order (CBO).
Bacari-Bronze O’Garro - known as Mizzy on social media - of Hackney, was fined £365 and issued with the CBO on 24 May after a police investigation into social media posts, which appeared to show him entering a family home uninvited. He was also banned from posting videos online without the permission of people in the video.
But just hours after he pleaded guilty and walked out of court, O’Garro allegedly created new online profiles and published more videos on social media, including TikTok and Twitter, now known as X.
He was listed for trial again today (Thursday 21 September) on three counts of breaching a CBO at Stratford Magistrates’ Court, east London, but his case was adjourned because he has now been accused of engaging in further “criminal activities”, according to a joint submission by prosecution and defence lawyers.
The 18-year-old spoke to the PA news agency outside court at a previous hearing, saying society is “out to get me” and adding: “We will conquer.”
O'Garro is alleged to have made three breaches of his order, including two incidences of posting a video onto social media without the consent of the people featured and also visiting Westfield Centre in Stratford, which he is prohibited from doing under the CBO. He told PA after a previous hearing that he was unaware he was in breach because he had not been given a map of the out-of-bounds area.
He was charged with three breaches of the order on 27 May. He was released on bail after a brief court appearance on 30 May, where he was given conditional bail with a trial date set for 19 July. On that date, the case was adjourned until Thursday 24 August, where the case was then adjourned to today. O’Garro will appear at Stratford Magistrates’ Court for trial on Thursday 26 October.
The Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) issued to him will still be valid for two years, and will prevent him from trespassing into any private property, including residential homes, business properties, school and retail outlets. He will also be unable to upload any videos on social media, directly or indirectly, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube without prior consent of people in the video.
The CBO and fine was issued after videos were circulated online which allegedly show O'Garro, known as Mizzy online, making unsolicited approaches towards people in the street or on public transport.
In another video three people appear to enter a couple's house in London without permission. They only leave when the male occupant says there are kids inside. It is unknown when the videos were filmed.
In one video O’Garro appears to claim he “liked” going into houses uninvited. He said: “You may have seen me walking into random houses. What if I told you I liked it? What if I told you I do it every night before I go to bed, I just walk into your house”. It’s not clear when this video was posted.
The Met said said that it had carried out an investigation after being made aware of social media videos which allegedly showed "apparently unsolicited approaches made towards members of the public in the street or on transport, and entering addresses without the apparent permission of the owners".
Speaking after O’Garro was fined, Det Ch Supt James Conway, part of the policing team in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, east London, said: “I do not underestimate the widespread upset, distress and concern that these videos caused.
"I want people to know that we have shared their concern and that my officers have taken swift and robust action. The CBO issued is a powerful measure designed to prevent behaviour which has caused alarm and distress to our communities. If the conditions are breached, at any point over the two year period, a custodial sentence can result.
"Some people have referred to these as ‘prank’ videos, but I hope that this outcome demonstrates just how seriously we have been taking this investigation and the understandable public alarm, since this footage began circulating online."