Police have charged a teenager after a video posted on social media captured him pushing an older man off of a Mornington Peninsula pier on Sunday and then laughing about it with his friends.
Officers were called to reports a man was allegedly assaulted and pushed into the water off a pier near Schnapper Point Drive about 11.30pm on 14 January.
The video of the incident – originally posted by the boy and his friends on social media platform TikTok which has since been deleted – shows three teenagers walking down the pier, being boisterous and loud.
The youths then came up behind the man while he was fishing and pushed him into the dark water, laughing at their despicable act before fleeing the scene. Video audio also shows the teen who carried out the act being called “Lockie”.
The Herald Sun reported that the victim is 79 years old and could not swim. Fortunately, three male witnesses helped to pull him back onto the pier and did not sustain any serious injuries.
It is believed the man was not known to the teens.
3AW Melbourne radio host Jacqui Felgate alleged she spoke with Victoria Police and the teens are known to them and locals in the area for “terrorising residents”.
On Tuesday, Police charged a 14-year-old boy from Crib Point on summons with reckless endangerment and unlawful assault.
The boy will appear before a children’s court at a later date.