Accused cop basher brother bailed in Vic

Caroline Schelle
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VICTORIA POLICE BASHING COURT

Isaiah Stephens allegedly bashed police assistant commissioner Chris O'Neill

A teenager accused of bashing a senior Victorian police officer has launched a vile, expletive-ridden rant while dashing from court after being released on bail.

Isaiah Stephens emerged from Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday after he and his 20-year-old brother, Jay, allegedly attacked Assistant Commissioner Chris O'Neill last weekend.

The 18-year-old yelled into a waiting reporter's microphone before fleeing.

Stephens used his left hand, tattooed with a swastika, to shield his face and wrapped a piece of clothing around his head.

His offending was earlier labelled "serious and disturbing" by Duncan Reynolds, but the magistrate permitted his bail in accordance with strict conditions.

Mr O'Neill was left with bleeding on the brain and broken ribs after being assaulted near Heyington train station at Toorak last Saturday

The brothers had been seen drinking heavily beforehand.

Police opposed bail, arguing Stephens was a flight risk because his mother and another older brother live in WA.

There were concerns about his employment status and ability to pay rent, prosecutor Michael Roper said.

Stephens' father, Jared Pihlgren, allegedly called the factory where the teenager worked and made threats to his boss and fellow workers, police revealed.

Pihlgren also posted a photo of the employer's wife and children on social media in what was a "veiled threat", Sergeant Matthew Rizun said.

Because of the father's behaviour and the Stephens' poor performance, there was concern about whether he would be able to return to work at the factory.

But lawyer Greg Thomas argued the employer had not ruled out future work.

Stephens moved away from home at age 14 because of problems with his family and hadn't spoken to his father in months, Mr Thomas said.

"He is a young man who has had some serious difficulties to traverse."

Mr Reynolds noted the criminal matters could take until 2020 to be dealt with and it was not in the interests of justice or the community to keep Stephens in custody for a prolonged period.

He has no prior criminal history.

Stephens' strict bail conditions include daily reporting to police, a curfew, and bans on drugs, alcohol and contacting his father or brother Jay.

The magistrate also noted Stephens "doesn't have a helpful family environment" and had substance abuse and anger issues.

Pihlgren has been taken into custody since Saturday's alleged assault, charged with intimidating Mr O'Neill via Facebook.

Police launched a widespread search for the brothers following the attack and, during their first court appearance, police said they shaved their heads in a bid to change their identities to avoid arrest.

Stephens will reappear in court next month for a bail review and his brother remains in custody.

Both will have to reappear in court on September 9.