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Tagger hit with six month curfew

A SERIAL graffiti tagger from Stirchley - whose handiwork was seen around Solihull - has escaped a jail sentence.

A SERIAL graffiti tagger from Stirchley - whose handiwork was seen around Solihull - has escaped a jail sentence.

Lawrence Davies, 20, of Ashbrook Road, was found guilty of three counts of criminal damage at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, August 13.

He was sentenced to an 18 month supervision order, given a six month curfew, meaning he has to be at home from 7pm to 7am, and fined £300.

The court was told Davies had scrawled his tag name “Bler” across St Andrew’s Healthcare Centre in Stirchley as well as on London Midland property at Small Heath Train Station and sprayed a wall at a branch of Sainsbury’s - causing more than £4,000 worth of damage.

His tags have been seen on buses, lampposts, cable boxes, road signs, beside railway lines and on private and council property in Solihull and Birmingham.

Defence counsel Charnjit Jutla said Davies had suffered from low self-esteem and had been making an effort to disassociate himself from those who had “led him up the garden path”.

During a previous hearing Judge Patrick Thomas QC asked Davies to write him a letter explaining his behaviour.

Davies said he had carried out the crime for the “kudos that comes along with it”, adding: “I kind of thrived off the whole situation of being known.”

He said he was hoping to return to college or get an apprenticeship, stating: “I’m not going to even pretend that there isn’t the temptation still there.

“But I’ve got more going for me now as a result of thinking about this, rather than carrying on mindlessly.”

The judge told him: “If you do go back to your old ways I will have no hesitation in banging you up for a significant period.”

 

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