Two graffiti artists who caused
more than £23,000 worth of damage to Tube, mainline trains
and other property in London, are facing up to six months in jail.
John O'Reilly, 22 of Tamras Square,
Shepherd's Bush and Raymond Ajbejah, 20, of Earlsfield Rd, Wandsworth
were both remanded in custody for sentencing after pleading guilty
to multiple charges of criminal damage.
"He has been a major public nuisance and he is, in any case,
facing a prison sentence," Horseferry Rd Magistrate Yvonne
Constance said while remanding jobless O'Reilly.
"He can't clean up his his mess, he can't pay for the damage
and he can't make good for any losses.
"He could commit further offences with other people, without
Ajbejah. There was huge public damage here. Huge inconvenience
with trains cancelled and huge ramifications from these offences."
Prosecutor Elizabeth Barker told the court that Ajbejah whose
graffiti tag was "MILK" was responsible for £17,000
worth of damage and O'Reilly whose tag was "DOIK", for
about £6,889 worth. Both - Ajbejah has two previous convictions
for similar offences - committed their crimes over a three-month
period between April and June this year.
The pair damaged a District Line train - which had to be taken
out of service - at Parsons Green Station on June 2, 2003 and
were arrested when they appeared on the station the next morning
with paint in their hair and clothing. They also damaged embankment
walls at Barons Court Station on May 20.
Ajbejah alone admitted damaging or destroying windows and tables
in a first class Thameslink train carriage at King's Cross Station
while O'Reilly alone admitted damaging walls, doors and street
furniture in the Chiswick area of west London.
Police raids on the pair's homes revealed cans of spray paint
and felt-tip pens. Ajbejah also had a photograph album with photos
of graffiti-damaged Tube and mainline trains, police vehicles
and public and private property across London.
He asked for 22 similar offences dating back to April 12 this
year to be taken into account and O'Reilly asked for 16 offences,
going back to May 5, to be considered by the court.
Both men will be sentenced on July 28.