Graffiti artist was improving wall

NOZZLE-HAPPY graffiti sprayer Kurt Nicholson busted with 11 cans of spray paint after being observed lurking behind a North Lismore horse store, told police he was only ‘trying to make the wall look better’.

Nicholson, 23, of South Lismore, was fined $500 for his handiwork after pleading guilty in Lismore Local Court to possessing graffiti implements with intent to deface (the wall of Horseland) at 10.40pm on April 4.

Following a phone call Lismore police officers went to the business in Bridge Street and found Nicholson on the southern side of Horseland carrying a backpack.

A number of aerosol spray cans were on the ground.

In a police statement of facts before the court, senior constable Stephen Connor said officers could smell fresh paint and saw ‘a large multi-coloured tag’ painted on the brick wall of the building.

Nicholson also had spray paint on his hands.

When the constable asked him why he did it, Nicholson replied: ‘I was trying to make the wall look better’.

Magistrate Robyn Denes fined the spray painting specialist $500 and ordered the aerosols destroyed.

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