Father of brothers accused of bashing top cop also facing charges
The father of two brothers charged with assaulting a police officer in Melbourne is now also facing charges after he allegedly threatened officers.
Jay and Isaiaha Stephens, aged 20 and 19, allegedly bashed Assistant Commissioner Chris O’Neill on Saturday, leaving him with serious injuries.
After the brothers’ arrest, their father, Jared Pilgren, 49, allegedly posted threats to officers on social media, and doubled-down on these comments outside court.
Today, Pilgren was charged with use telecommunication device to menace.
“Detectives from Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit have charged a man in relation to a number of alleged social media posts,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
He will appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.
On Saturday, Mr O’Neill, 60, was walking across the St Kevin’s College campus in Melbourne’s well-heeled suburb of Toorak when he encountered Jay and Isaiaha.
The brothers had earlier been kicked off a train at Heyington Station by Metro Trains Officers for "vomiting and urinating" inside the carriage of a Glen Waverly line service.
A verbal altercation ensued, which then allegedly turned physical.
Mr O’Neill, who is in charge of Protective Service Officers and transit police, suffered two broken ribs, kidney damage, and severe cuts and bruises in the bashing and was released from hospital yesterday.
"He has been seen by a neurosurgeon as he has some bleeding on the brain but he will make a full recovery and will return to duty sooner rather than later," Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill earlier told reporters.
After being separately arrested on Monday afternoon in Malvern East, the pair were charged with intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, intentionally causing injury and recklessly causing injury.
The Assistant Police Commissioner was off duty at the time and did not identify himself as an officer, which is why the pair have not been charged with assault of a police officer.
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