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Graffiti geeks on Friday 13 rampage in Prenton sentenced in Wirral magistrates’ court
Sep 18 2010 by Laura Jones, Liverpool Echo
A GRAFFITI gang caught red-handed as they sprayed dozens of cars and homes were fined more than £2000.
Three members of Wirral band Organ Freeman pleaded guilty to causing £2,295 damage in a vandalism spree in Prenton.
Michael Anderton, 21, of Heather Road, Bebington, Simon Thelwell, 20, of St Oswalds Avenue and Simon Gabriel, 20, of Wharfedale Avenue, both Prenton, appeared at Wirral magistrates court charged with a total of 23 counts of criminal damage between them. Thelwell was also charged with obstructing a police officer.
The court heard on Friday August 13 police were called to Prenton Hall Road to reports of someone spraying ‘13’ on a car. At the scene Gabriel was found with red paint on his hands.
Defending Anderton Sarah Fergusson said: “They all met in Sainsburys, one went one way, one another. They had in mind what they were going to do.
“My client can’t believe the stupidity of being involved in this.”
Defending the others Matt Harvey said: “It was not malicious, it was just the case of a small prank. They thought it would be a bit of an inconvenience at the most. They didn’t realise that it would cause extensive damage.”
He added: “They are not layabouts, they do have ambitions in life.”
Anderton was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work and £625 fines and costs; Gabriel to 160 hours unpaid work and £1,030 fines and costs and Thelwell to 160 hours unpaid work and £895 fines and costs.http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool...00252-27291230/