Members of the prankster Youtube channel Trollstation have been jailed for a series of public hoaxes they staged, recorded and later uploaded online.
The popular Youtube channel has 718,000 subscribers after uploading numerous videos involving pranks around London. Their most famous hoaxes include a fake robbery at the National Portrait Gallery and a prank kidnapping at Tate Britain.
Four members of the prank video group – Daniel Jarvis, 27, Helder Gomes, 23, Endrit Ferizolli, 20, and Ebenezer Mensah, 29 – were sentenced on Monday (May 16) at the City of London Magistrate’s Court after pleading guilty to threatening behaviour and provoking unlawful violence.
Jarvis was sentenced to 20 weeks in total, with Mensah and Gomes set to serve 18 weeks each and Ferizolli 16 weeks.
A fifth member of the group was jailed in March over a bomb hoax.
Robert Short of the Crown Prosecution Service said of the newest convictions: “The hoaxes may have seemed harmless to them, but they caused genuine distress to a number of members of the public, who should be able to go about their daily business without being put in fear in this way.”
“We hope these convictions send a strong message that unlawful activities such as these will not be tolerated in London”.
In a new Youtube video titled ‘FREE THE MAN DEM’, fellow Trollstation members have called for shorter sentences. “They want to try and compare [the art gallery heist] to terrorism and 9/11,” they say in the video. “You always got to remember, in certain situations, there is no expectation of privacy in a public place.”