No con­vic­tion for ‘tag­ging’ tow­ers

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A FRENCH na­tional who de­faced a Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil wa­ter tower by spray paint­ing his ‘artist tag’ on the build­ing has re­ceived no crim­i­nal con­vic­tion.

Robin Le­febure was taken into cus­tody of the Ma­reeba Watch House on De­cem­ber 30, af­ter he “cov­ered one side of the tower with graf­fiti and about half of the tower”.

Pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Matthew Mitchell told the court po­lice found Le­febure with four cans of spray paint.

He made ad­mis­sions to pro­duc­ing the graf­fiti on the tower, which is lo­cated on the cor­ner of Con­stance Street and Basalt Street, Ma­reeba.

Le­febure was granted bail in the Ma­reeba Mag­is­trates Court on De­cem­ber 31, be­fore

He is a pro­fes­sional graf­fiti artist in France. De­fence so­lic­i­tor Scott Os­borne talk­ing about his client, Robin Le­febure

reap­pear­ing for sen­tence on Mon­day.

So­lic­i­tor Scott Os­borne said Le­febure had spray painted his ‘artist tag’ on the wa­ter tower.

“He is a pro­fes­sional graf­fiti artist in France,” he said.

Mr Os­borne said Le­febure ap­peared in court with no pre­vi­ous his­tory and ar­rived in Aus­tralia on a work­ing visa last month.

Mag­is­trate Tom Braes or­dered Le­febure to per­form 40 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity ser­vice within six months un­der a graf­fiti re­moval or­der.

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