GUILTY PLEA: An Ipswich man pleaded guilty to 22 counts of wilful damage by graffiti at a train station.
GUILTY PLEA: An Ipswich man pleaded guilty to 22 counts of wilful damage by graffiti at a train station. Adam Davies

Court orders man on 22 tagging charges to clean up graffiti

A MAN guilty of 23 charges of evading train fares showed an Ipswich Magistrate the ticket he purchased to travel to court to attend his sentencing yesterday.

The 21-year-old, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to a total of 75 charges in Ipswich Magistrates Court, 23 of which were travelling on trains without a ticket and 22 counts of tagging rail property by graffiti.

He also pleaded guilty to 19 counts of breaching bail conditions - nine of which were for attending train stations after a Magistrate told him not to as a condition of his bail in January this year.

The other 10 charges were for failing to report - conditions his defence lawyer Amy Little said should never have been imposed on her client.

"Because of his intellectual impairment, those bail conditions should not have been made, he does not have the means to understand," Ms Little said.

"I have concerns with his ability to comprehend and understand what he's told and I know that sounds awful.

"He needs support but at the end of the day it's up to (the defendant) to take up the support that's offered to him. He caught a train here today that he paid for."

Ms Little said her client had impaired capacity to make decisions and he was under the care of a public guardian and appointed a substitute decision maker.

The court heard he was entitled to "the highest level" of support under the state.

Another charge related to the defendant causing a public disturbance outside a church while a service was happening.

Magistrate Virgina Sturgess said the man's offending was "described as more of a nuisance value".

Ms Sturgess sentenced the man to nine months probation and ordered he complete a graffiti removal order under 40 hours community service.

"Probation will help him and encourage him to access services entitled to him," she said.

"We don't want you going around train stations scribbling on things."


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