Three Melbourne brothers known for posting “prank” videos in which they allegedly imitate terrorists by filming fake abductions and bomb stunts have been charged. They have since been released on bail.
The brothers, aged 20, 18 and 16, were charged with public nuisance, possessing a prohibited weapon and behaving in an offensive manner in a public place. They were taken into custody on Thursday after handing themselves in at about 8.30am.
The trio are known for their videos on Facebook and YouTube in which they appear dressed in fake beards and Islamic robes.
Two men were bailed by police to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on May 20, with a condition that they not to produce, upload or publish on any social media site any images or video that is offensive in nature.
The 16-year-old was bailed to appear at the children’s court at a later date.
Counter Terrorism Command detectives executed a warrant on in South Morang, in Melbourne’s outer north east, on the day of the arrest.
On Thursday morning, Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told Macquarie Radio the three engaged in “absolutely horrid behaviour, running around trying to terrorise members of the community”.
“People could respond very violently to being the victim of that sort of prank,” he said.
“This behaviour is just a ridiculous display. We don’t want to encourage it in any way because of the obvious dangers involved.”