News

Rose City vandal sentenced to community service

Graffiti on a building in East Warwick.
Graffiti on a building in East Warwick. Erin Smith

A VANDAL who scrawled his graffiti tag across fences, walls and windows throughout the Rose City will work off his debt to society.

Joshua Dale Winter used spray paint and permanent market to damage 12 objects during the first week of November.

The teenager appeared in court over the offences on Tuesday, just days before the introduction of new laws requiring graffiti vandals to clean up the mess they make.

However, that did not stop police prosecutor Ken Wiggan asking the magistrate to force the 19-year-old to roll up his sleeves and perform community service.

"This is a new offence in the town and there have been numerous complaints from the owners of the properties, who want something done," Sgt Wiggan said.

"(Winter) can go back into the community to do some work and give something back," Sgt Wiggan said.

Winter's solicitor Daniel Habermann agreed graffiti was an issue in Warwick.

"It has to be conceded it looks terrible and it is a trend that has started up again recently," he said.

The court heard Winter was drunk at the time he committed the acts of vandalism.

When spoken to by police, the teenager was co-operative and showed officers where he had tagged.

He was this week ordered to perform 120 hours of community service for his "senseless" crimes.

Winter also pleaded guilty to producing marijuana and possessing a water pipe.

Police uncovered a marijuana plant and two pipes while searching the teenager's property on November 8.

The court heard the plant was dying when police arrived.

 

What he tagged

Five fences, four walls, one window, one power box and a sign.

Topics:  crime graffiti police vandalism warwick magistrates court


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Macca: Five companies want new Surat Basin gas land

QGC's Kenya water treatment plant was officially opened today.

Race is on for CSG companies to drill on new land in the Surat Basin

What happened to Jason Vance?

Rockhampton man Jason John Vance went missing in the Barakula Forest in 2013.

Inquest to investigate missing Rockhampton man

Government opens up new lands for gas supplies

Two new parcels of land in the Surat Basin will be developed

Local Partners

Man airlifted, Warrego Hwy shut after machinery incident

UPDATE: A man pinned by a piece of heavy machinery has been airlifted to a Brisbane hospital after suffering serious injuries in the incident near Chinchilla.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Hervey Bays to star in international horror flick

A great white thriller that had scenes filmed on the Fraser Coast has been picked up by a major US movie studio.

Cher, 71, and Celine Dion wow world at Billboard Awards

“I’m 71 yesterday and I can do a five-minute plank, OK.”

Judah's return to The Voice stage is a knockout

Judah Kelly performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

QUEENSLAND singer nails Adele hit.

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis: "I was born a boy"

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis has revealed she was born a boy

Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hanks announce White House bid on SNL

Dwayne Johnson is “officially” running for president in 2020

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

The Voice: Kelly Rowland stunned by singing trio’s demands

We feel your pain, Kelly.

Trio refused to sing anything but Gospel songs

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Residents warned as scammers rip off $60k in super

Police are warning people to be aware of a sophisticated telephone scam.

Superannuation, cash targeted by sophisticated scammers

How your body corp could ban pets, turf you from your home

DOG'S LIFE: Lyn Henderson and Tawny love life in their highrise.

Laws to ban dogs/smokers and make it easy to bulldoze units

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!