The TikTok prankster Mizzy has been jailed for 18 weeks by a judge who said his videos were “not funny”.
Mizzy, whose real name is Bacari-Bronze O’Garro, was found guilty of two counts of breaching a court order prohibiting him from sharing footage of people without their consent at his trial last month.
Judge Matthew Bone sentenced him at Stratford magistrates court on Tuesday to 18 weeks’ detention in a young offender institution and told him: “Put bluntly, your pranks are not funny.”
He said the 19-year-old’s so-called pranks were motivated by a “desire to be famous” and to “receive money and designer clothes from sponsors”.
Bone added: “Your actions caused innocent members of the public significant harm and distress. You claimed on national television the law was weak.”
The social media personality was found to have “deliberately flouted” a court order prohibiting him from sharing videos of individuals without their permission “within hours” of it being issued on 24 May.
The court was shown footage, shared on X that night, featuring him in the Westfield shopping centre, Stratford, after he appeared on Piers Morgan’s TalkTV show and mocked the British judicial system.
In the video, passersby were visible in the background as O’Garro said to the camera: “The UK law is a joke.”
Other videos shared on O’Garro’s Snapchat account, which were also in breach, showed him grabbing hold of a schoolboy by his uniform, while another showed him fighting a man with dwarfism. O’Garro claimed these were hoax videos made with the prior agreement of those featured.
O’Garro’s claim that one of his friends, who had access to his login details, posted the videos on X without his consent, was dismissed by Bone as “inconceivable”. He was ordered to pay a £154 surcharge, as well as not to trespass on private property, or enter the E12 area of London.
Speaking after the hearing, DCI Yasmin Lalani of the Metropolitan police said: “I just think it is appropriate, when you have disregard for the law, I think it is a fitting sentence and I hope that he gets some help. I think it is a loud and clear message that nobody is above the law and that you have got to be held accountable.”