High praise to the police after a successful conviction of a prolific graffiti vandal with the courts imposing a hefty fine that reflects the cost of cleaning up after this criminal. Hopefully this will send a clear message to his “friends” that Graffiti is vandalism and when they eventually get caught there are severe consequences.
The following is an extract from MEAGAN WEYMES, Gold Coast Bulletin 10th July 2015
In the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday, Wawryk pleaded guilty to 121 counts, while the prosecution offered no evidence on the other 223 charges.
The court was told Wawryk was the subject of a drawn-out police investigation and was eventually caught through CCTV footage and evidence that he left behind. Solicitor Jason Buckland said his client was paying a week through SPER and said it would take about six years to pay off his new bill.Magistrate John Costanzo described the types of tags painted by Wawryk as “fair dinkum” and “large” rather than those that involved scrawling initials on property. “Obviously you caused extensive damage without a second thought to the damage you were causing others,” he said.
“This is not victim-less crime. When you put your tags on public property or a corporation’s property, someone has to pay for it. “Bringing you to court and bringing you to justice obviously took quite a lot of investigative effort by the police.”Wawryk was ordered to serve four months in jail on each charge, wholly suspended for three years, in addition to paying ,925 in restitution, performing 40 hours of graffiti removal and a further 80 hours of community service.
Relying solely on the police to help arrest graffiti artists in not the only solution, having a proactive graffiti prevention strategy will significantly lower your risks and if you are unfortunate enough to have your property vandalised, an anti graffiti coating applied to the surface will make clean up easier and cheaper.
Once again the team at Graffiti Eaters commend the efforts of both police and the courts on sending a clear message to the graffiti vandal community that their behavior will not be tolerated.