Tyler Youngberry outside Ballina Local Court yesterday, where he faced charges over graffiti in Alstonville.
Tyler Youngberry outside Ballina Local Court yesterday, where he faced charges over graffiti in Alstonville.

Alleged graffiti tagger may have to clean up Alstonville

ALSTONVILLE residents - Tyler James Youngberry is the teenager who police allege was graffitiing your town with the tag 'YEDY'.

Youngberry, 19, appeared for the first time in Ballina Local Court yesterday since his arrest to answer 15 charges relating to multiple alleged graffiti attacks around the Alstonville CBD and Plaza during April.

He was arrested in May following investigations by police, who raided his home seizing spray cans, paint, drawings, phones, computer equipment, a small amount of cannabis and property suspected to be stolen.

Following his arrest he was taken to Ballina police station and charged with 12 counts of graffiti, possessing graffiti implements, possessing cannabis and goods in custody.

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Youngberry was then granted conditional bail to appear at Ballina Local Court.

Yesterday Youngberry was represented by solicitor Tom Ivey, who entered guilty pleas to charges of possessing a graffiti implement, possessing a prohibited drug and stolen goods.

When the guilty pleas were entered, prosecutor Nick Wiles withdrew 12 charges of maliciously destroying or damaging property.

Mr Ivey then told the court Youngberry was on a good behaviour bond for a 'dissimilar matter'.

He asked Magistrate R Denes to consider ordering a pre-sentence report from the NSW Probation and Parole Service.

Mr Wiles then asked Ms Denes to consider placing a restriction order, preventing Youngberry from going to Alstonville.

"I don't think I'll consider a place restriction order because you can do graffiti anywhere and he lives in Alstonville," Ms Denes said.

Ms Denes then ordered Youngberry to be assessed for a community clean-up order.

She adjourned Youngberry's matters until July at Ballina Local Court.



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