Graffiti vandals caught on the job

MOMENTS after scrawling some ‘Go Vegan’, ‘Burn this flag’, and ‘Stop listening to shit music’ graffiti on some walls in inner-city Lismore, three skateboarders were stopped in their tracks by vigilant police officers.

A quick search revealed them to be carrying weapons of choice popular with graffiti artists – the black Artline texta.

Kirstie Carrick, 18, of South Golden Beach, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to one count of intentionally damaging property; and Joseph Kennedy, 18, of Wardell, pleaded guilty to three counts of intentionally damaging property.

The teenagers, along with a third person believed to be a juvenile, were arrested in Lismore just after midnight on Sunday, February 21 after first being noticed by a Lismore security guard.

Magistrate Robyn Denes adjourned their sentence until April to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared that also took into account whether they could do unpaid community work by removing ugly graffiti from public areas.

In police facts before the court Carrick admits to scrawling her ‘Stop Making Excuses Go Vegan’ food message on a wall outside the Salvation Army in Carrington Street.

The youth is charged with scrawling ‘Go Vegan’ outside Caddies Cafe.

Kennedy, a surveyor, has admitted to scrawling ‘Burn This Flag’ along with a drawing of an Australian Flag on the wall of the Centro shopping complex.

He also admitted to writing ‘Stop listening to shit music’ on a wall in Eggins Lane, and to drawing the Australian flag on a wall at the Commonwealth Bank building in Magellan Street.

Their actions were captured on CCTV.

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