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MIZZY SPARED FROM JAIL FOR STEALING WOMAN'S PHONE AFTER 'TURNING LIFE AROUND'

MIZZY SPARED FROM JAIL FOR STEALING WOMAN'S PHONE AFTER 'TURNING LIFE AROUND'
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MIZZY SPARED FROM JAIL FOR STEALING WOMAN'S PHONE AFTER 'TURNING LIFE AROUND'

MIZZY SPARED FROM JAIL FOR STEALING WOMAN'S PHONE AFTER 'TURNING LIFE AROUND'

Social media prankster Mizzy has avoided jail time after he stole a woman's phone as he rode past her on an e-bike. Mizzy - real name Bacari-Bronze O'Garro - was riding a green Lime e-bike in Central London on June 15 2022. He then snatched the phone out of a woman's hand.

 

Amy Gault, prosecuting, said police officers in the area pursued the then age 17-year-old after they "noticed O'Garro cycling in a way they deemed to be trying to get away from something." He was eventually arrested. However, today he avoided being sent back to jail as he was a teenager when he committed the crime.

In court, prosecutor Ms Gault told the court: “On June 15 [2022], at around 1pm, the victim as walking down Highbury New Park, texting on her phone. She felt an individual on her right hand side; they snatched the phone out of her right hand and cycled off.” Ms Gault added that the woman's phone was later recovered from a hedge. She also read statements detailing the impact on victim Ruby Hewitt, who said the incident had left her feeling “violated”, “scared” and “angered.”

O'Garro, from Hackney in east London, denied stealing the black iPhone 13 Pro Max - worth £1,000 - from Ms Hewitt in mid-June last year, but was convicted of the offence in April. O'Garro - who appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court dressed in a black suit with a white tie and shirt – said through his lawyer that he had "turned his life around" since his experience in prison. He was jailed for 18 weeks at a young offenders' institute last November after breaking a court order banning him from filming people without their consent, but was released after six weeks. In April, Mizzy claimed he had turned his life around and was on a course teaching construction skills. 

District Judge Michael Oliver handed him a community order, and ordered him to pay £500 in compensation to his victim. His lawyer, Keren Weekes, told the court: “Mr O'Garro recognises the seriousness [of his offence.] He's remorseful for his actions today. At the time of the offence, Mr O'Garro was a youth.” She added: “Crucially, in November last year, he was sentenced to a custodial sentence. He found this extremely difficult, to say the least. It was a very dark time in his life. It had a detrimental impact on his mental health." Mizzy became notorious online for “pranks” such as walking into strangers' houses, stealing an elderly woman's dog, ripping up library books and asking members of the public “do you want to die.”

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