No­to­ri­ous graf­fiti artist be­fore court

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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.

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