The 18-year-old man accused of bashing an assistant police commissioner in Melbourne claims he is been focused with lots of of demise threats.
Talking to 9 Information on Monday, Isaiah Stephens additionally questioned whether or not he would nonetheless “have the e-book thrown” at him if the sufferer of the alleged assault final month was not assistant commissioner Chris O’Neill.
Isaiah and his brother Jay, 20, are charged over the assault within the grounds of St Kevin’s School in Toorak, after the pair had allegedly been requested to get off a practice for unruly behaviour.
Isaiah was granted bail final month.
He advised 9 Information that he is obtained lots of of demise threats.
“Lots of people need to harm me. It is fairly violent and aggressive,” he mentioned within the interview.
“Truthfully I am simply attempting to maneuver on from what occurred. I haven’t got lots to say to the individuals who’ve mentioned what they’ve mentioned.
“They’ve clearly made up their thoughts, so I really feel they need to be held extra accountable to what they’re doing.”
Mr O’Neill, who was off obligation and attending a non-public perform on the college, adopted the pair from Heyington practice station till he was allegedly confronted and bashed.
The 60-year-old suffered three fractured ribs and bleeding on the mind and was handled in hospital, however has since been launched.
Assistant commissioner Bob Hill advised radio station 3AW final month that Mr O’Neill didn’t disclose that he was a member of Victoria Police on the time of the assault.
Isaiah questioned whether or not the allegations had been deemed to be extra severe as a result of Mr O’Neill was assistant commissioner, and questioned whether or not he would have had “the e-book thrown at me as laborious” if Mr O’Neill was a basic member of the general public.
“I discovered it a little bit of a joke the quantity of media consideration an 18-year-old boy can get,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he had by no means been in bother earlier than, denied he had urinated or vomited on the practice, and mentioned he wasn’t somebody going round seeking to harm folks.
The eldest brother, Jay Stephens, stays behind bars.