TikTok prankster Mizzy (real name Bacari-Bronze O’Garro) has been banned from using social media after he was found guilty of violating a court order prohibiting him from sharing videos of people without their consent. He was convicted of four counts of breaching the order and has been ordered to refrain from using social media except to send messages until he is sentenced next month. Judge Matthew Bone criticized O’Garro for “lacking all credibility” and warned that he could face prison time for the offenses he committed.
The defendant’s primary witness, who was scheduled to testify at the trial, was also arrested, and both were released on bail on the condition that they not communicate with each other. The defendant’s attorney attempted to have the hearing postponed, claiming that the defendant could not receive a fair trial without his sole witness, but the judge denied the request.
The court heard that the defendant began sharing videos of people without their consent on the same day that a criminal behavior order was issued against him on May 24 of this year. Footage was shown that was shared on the defendant’s Twitter account on the evening of May 24, showing him at Westfield shopping center in Stratford after he appeared on Piers Morgan’s TalkTV show and mocked the British legal system. In the video, passersby were visible in the background as the defendant said to the camera, “The UK law is a joke.” Other videos shared on the defendant’s Snapchat account, which were also in breach of the order, showed him grabbing a schoolboy by his uniform and fighting a man with dwarfism, which the defendant claimed were hoax videos made with their prior consent.
Judge Bone acquitted O’Garro of two additional counts of the same charge, ruling that the videos in question may have already been shared before the criminal behavior order was issued. However, he warned O’Garro that his actions in violating the order crossed the threshold for incarceration. He emphasized that O’Garro had deliberately flouted the court order within hours of it being issued, and that he needed to understand the seriousness of his situation. O’Garro will be sentenced on November 21 at Thames Magistrates Court.