Notorious graffiti artist before court
A BRAY graffiti artist who vandalised 28 walls, shops, shutters, wastebins, lampposts and power boxes has avoided prison, having escaped with a suspended sentence after causing ¤ 13,500 worth of damage.
Sean Bryan, Cois Cairn, Old Connaught Avenue, who is 21, was found out by Gardaí because of the use of his tag - ‘Konk’ or ‘Konker’.
Pieces of paper with the tag written on them, a mobile phone with reference on it to graffiti and various markers and paints were found in his home.
Bryan entered pleas of guilty to eight counts of criminal damage between January 2003 and December 2006 from Dun Laoghaire to Glenageary and Sallynoggin.
Judge Katherine Delahunt at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court imposed a two years sentence but suspended it on condition he completed 240 hours community service and paid over ¤5,000 in compensation, in addition to the ¤3,000 he had in court.
She noted at the time of his arrest ‘he enjoyed the notoriety of his actions’ but became remorseful and co-operated with Gardai.
Bryan’s defence counsel, Mr Karl Finnegan BL, said that his client obviously had artistic talents that were expressed in ‘an incorrect way’, in the sense that he committed criminal damage.
Mr. Finnegan said Bryan now volunteers as an art teacher and had been approached by the youth leader in his local area to teach art to children there, which counsel said was ‘ironically’ funded by the local council, who had to pay to clean up the damage Bryan caused.